Eighth graders make trip to Washington, D.C.

Visiting the White House during their D.C. trip are, from left: Caleb Flicek, Juancie Loredo, Abigail Larson, Ariana Wales, Elizabeth Olson, and Gage Lawson.

North Iowa Middle School eighth graders enjoyed a trip to Washington, D.C., March 24- 30. Twenty-four students were joined by parents and Principal Jill Schutjer and social studies teacher Ryan Moretz as they toured Chicago, Notre Dame, Gettysburg, and D.C.

“I remember the view in Chicago,” eighth grader Dereck Delong said. “It was amazing seeing the city over the water.” Many students said their Pennsylvania stop, at the Gettysburg battlefield, was especially memorable. “I got to stand on the ground thousands of soldiers stood on shooting cannons and guns,” Gunner Mathahs said, adding that he had the opportunity to see the graves of important figures in the Civil War, as well."

Classmate Hayden Meinders also enjoyed Gettysburg.

“One of my favorite things on the trip was the night walk in Gettysburg,” Meinders said. “It was a very educational walk from 8-9:30. We learned about all of the haunted stories and where very important people were during the Battle of Gettysburg and where they lived.”

Gage Lawson also extolled the educational opportunities of the stop.

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