By Kirsten Trambley
Students from Vienna High School had the experience of a lifetime when they recently visited the Big Apple. Fourteen students and one guest participated in a trip to New York City which was chaperoned by Leslie Bradley and Kirsten Trambley.
Group leader Leslie Bradley began planning for the trip in March of 2013. Some attended after enjoying last year’s trip to Puerto Rico while others traveled to celebrate graduating from high school.
The travelers flew out of St. Louis on the morning of Friday, May 30. They returned during the evening of Wednesday, June 4.
During the trip, the travelers made typical tourist sightseeing stops at the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building and Central Park, but they broke from the norm to visit the Apollo Theatre and the High Line.
Other trip highlights included touring Madison Square Garden, shopping in FAO Schwarz, visiting the Freedom Tower at the 9/11 memorial and World Trade Center site, bargain shopping in Chinatown, eating in Little Italy, riding the subway and walking across the Brooklyn Bridge.
Students and chaperones on the trip to NYC also had the opportunity to see Disney’s Newsies the Musical and a New York Yankee’s baseball game. Some travelers took the opportunity that only New York City can provide to see an additional Broadway musical.
Brianna Sori, a student at VHS, made the trip visiting New York City for the first time.
“The part that I loved most about the NYC trip was seeing If / Then, a new musical with one of my idols, Idina Menzel,” Sori said.
The group was treated to a few of the city’s greatest museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History and the Museum of the Moving Image. At the Museum of the Moving Image, the travelers viewed different pieces of media history ranging from antiquated film cameras to video gaming devices.
“The trips provide an educational opportunity that many students may never have again,” Bradley said.
Next year, a group from Vienna High School will travel to England and Scotland. The trip’s dates are tentatively set for the end of May to beginning of June of 2015. Any current or recently-graduated students and their family members are invited to attend.
For more information, contact Leslie Bradley at firstname.lastname@example.org.