The junior class recently went on their annual trip to Washington, D.C., departing campus on Sunday, January 28, and returning on Monday evening. While in D.C., students spent time visiting the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the National Museum of American History, and the National Museum of African American History & Culture. Each of these stops provided students with the opportunity to learn more about and reflect upon the history and journey of the United States since its founding.
In addition to visiting these impactful museums, students had the opportunity to tour the D.C. monuments. AP U.S. History Teacher, Alex Rivenburgh, shared, "While it was a bit of a soggy tour, the students were in good spirits the whole time. The monuments that seemed to strike the kids most were the Korean War Memorial and the Dr. Martin Luther King statue. At the MLK statue, we were able to discuss the potential experiences of VES alumni who were students during the tragedy of Dr. King’s assassination."
Finally, even though the weekend was filled with many moments of learning and reflection, it was also filled with moments of goofiness and bonding for the juniors. Whether buying rhinestone-covered American flag hats or simply enjoying each other’s company, students were smiling and laughing throughout the weekend.