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|Pass Christian Middle School students pictured left to right in front of the White House in Washington D.C.: Haley Holmes, Gavin Foster, Rachel Thigpen, Melanie Mannion, Martha Jayne LeBlanc, Taylor Dedeaux, Nathan Weatherly, Grace Ann Cuevas, Tristan Tran, Hayes Leyser, Romin Rials, William Crawford, Nicholas Huckelby, and Onna Thompson.
Posted On: Thursday, August 15, 2013
Fourteen Pass Christian Middle School students traveled to Washington, D.C. during the summer to visit our nation’s capital and many historic monuments. According to sixth grade social studies teacher and trip coordinator, Charlene Stephens, “The highlight of the trip was the honor of placing a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in a ceremony after Changing of the Guard.” Another memorial moment was observing a wreath being placed at the Iwo Jima Monument by a young man who was in the process of becoming a marine but had to be honorable discharged due to a malignant brain tumor. Taps was played and a 21 gun salute in close proximity awed our students. Students learned how the Jews were persecuted at The Holocaust Museum, saw thousands and thousands of perfectly lined tombstones at Arlington National Cemetery, and toured the Lincoln, Jefferson, Martin Luther King, Jr., and 9-11 monuments. A trip to Mount Vernon on the Potomac River enlightened the students to see how our first president lived and more about his life. The students who traveled with Mrs. Stephens were the following: 7th graders Hayes Leyser, Romin Rials, Tristan Tran, Gavin Foster, William Crawford, Nicholas Huckelby, Taylor Dedeaux, Grace Ann Cuevas, Haley Holmes, Rachel Thigpen, and Onna Thompson; 8th graders Martha LeBlanc, Melanie Mannion, and Nathan Weatherly. Adults traveling as chaperones were Haleigh Cuevas, Leslie Leyser, Melissa Mannion, Katherine Foster, Pam Slaton, and Reba Slaton.
Pass Christian Middle School assistant principal Haleigh Cuevas, who accompanied the group as a parent and an administrator, stated, “I think every child should have the opportunity to go to Washington, D.C. Stories and pictures can only take you so far when studying history. Walking up the steps to the Lincoln Memorial or sitting on the grass overlooking the Potomac River at Mount Vernon is the best history lesson we can give our children. Taking PCMS students to our nation’s capital was an amazing experience for me. I am so thankful to be a part of Pass Christian Schools.”