Saturday, February 4, 2023

Vienna students travel to New York City

The VHS students at Lincoln Center Plaza. Front row, from left: Nathaniel Ross, Stephen Sadler, Ben Large, Ryan Bradley, and Blake Crain. Back row: Leslie Bradley, Tabitha Rogers, Amy Mounger, Zac Schell, Danyelle Troyer, Allison Allbritten, Cassidy Stout, Alex Pratis, Brianna Sori, Shayelin Nelson, Emily Harris, and Kirsten Trambley.

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.

Ryan Bradley at the Statue of Liberty.

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. Some of these students could be thinking about attending one of the many Universities that are situated in New York and they want to get a feel for the city and all that it has to offer. During their trip, they may have been told that if they are thinking about moving over to the city that they should think about looking at these nyc apartments to rent so that they are able to have close access to all the important things that they’d need to get around the city, like public transport. This could be a trip of a lifetime for all of these students.

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.

Blake Crain, Ryan Bradley, Nathaniel Ross, Stephen Sadler, and Zac Schell at the American Museum of Natural History.

“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

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