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St. Mary's 8th Graders Enjoy Trip to Nation's Capital

For over 30 years, the 8th graders at St. Mary Catholic Community School in Crown Point have taken a class trip to Washington, DC. Taking place in late September, this four-day three night adventure trip allows students to see all the traditional monuments and memorials in our nation’s capital. Other highlights of the trip include a visit to George Washington’s estate at Mt. Vernon, a dinner-cruise boat ride down the Potomac River, a tour of the National Shrine of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception (the second largest church in North America), a visit to the Smithsonian museums, a stop at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, a ranger chat at Ford’s Theater, and tour of the U.S. Capitol building. One of the annual trip highlights includes a visit to Arlington National Cemetery where four students are able to participate in a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. This year, the 8th grade class nominated Olivia Cruz, Lorelai Bronson, James Zembillas and Jaxon Froglia to represent the class. The students love the annual trip because it allows them to bond with their friends, learn about the U.S. government, and develop a deeper appreciation for our nation and its rich history.

Nate Barnett greats a veteran visiting DC on an honor flight with a handshake a word of gratitude.


St. Mary’s 8th graders and their chaperones took a photo in front of the Unites States Capitol Building prior to the group’s tour.


Olivia Cruz, James Zembillas, Jaxon Froglia, and Lorelai Bronson were chosen by their classmates to lay a wreath at The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.


A highlight for St. Mary 8th graders is a dinner cruise down the Potomac River that includes a DJ and dancing. James Zembillas, Kailana Urbankek, Julia Andras, Victoria Shea, Lorelai Bronson, Rachel Mumaugh, Miranda Fletes, and Nathan Jamrosz enjoying the moment.


A stop at the Washington Monument allowed for time to have a little fun.


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