Camdenton Middle School students and four Camdenton Middle School (CMS) teachers did a “whirlwind” tour of the highlights of Washington, DC.

Camdenton Middle School students and four Camdenton Middle School (CMS) teachers did a “whirlwind” tour of the highlights of Washington, DC. The trip was not only exciting, but the educational tour highlighted a learning experience that featured some of the best our nation has to offer from historical, government, and even scientific perspectives.

This year’s tour featured the must-sees of Washington. Stops included a tour of the Capitol, a picture stop at the White House, visiting the Lincoln, World War II, Jefferson, Pentagon 9/11 and many other memorials and monuments including several at night while they are beautifully illuminated.

CMS 7th grade studentJackson Logan said, “My favorite part of the trip was Arlington National Cemetery because it just makes you think of how many people died so we can have our freedoms.”

At the cemetery, CMS students witnessed the Changing of the Guard ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Students were in awe of the art and architecture of the majestic National Cathedral.

What many of the students didn’t expect, but were treated to, was the rich science exhibits. The tour included a visit to the Smithsonian’s Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum in Virginia that featured nearly 100 aircraft and space vehicles including the Space Shuttle, Discovery and a Concorde supersonic transport aircraft. Students also visited United States Botanical Garden to quickly experience the various plant habitats that the world has to offer. Seventh grade student Payten Luaders said that the Gardens were her favorite part of trip. During a tour of the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, students had the opportunity to see various “bones and stones” featuring prehistoric animals and priceless gems.

Capstone teacher Matt Hendon planned and coordinated the trip and was accompanied by chaperones Tim Mulford, science teacher and Amy Atler and Stephanie Secosh, language arts teachers.

Seventh grade student Elijah Williams summed up the trip by saying, “It was the best trip I have ever been on. The social aspect and the learning were awesome!”