Students embark on trip to London, Paris

July 16, 2012
  • Front row, from left, Ashley Wilhelm, Avery Cook, Sydnie Powers, Leigha Rotz, Ireland Doyle, Ryan Wetzel, Deja Williams, Jennifer Elbin and Payton Kough. Middle row, Peyton Natolly, Madalyn Grove, Ashley Grove, Sara Malott, Tori Smith, Shannon Wahl, Mecayla Auvil and Noah Wolfe-Coleman. Back row, Justin Mills, Bethany Smith, Chris Hall, Brianna Beam, Makenzie Evans, Seth Blank, Micah Miller, Jackson Sydnor and Annie Yocum.
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On July 12, fifth-, sixth- and seventh-graders from the Tri-State boarded a bus that took them to Dulles Airport, where they were to embark on a 14-day journey of a lifetime to London and Paris, referred to as “A Tale of Two Cities.”

The students will be traveling as student leaders in the People to People Student Ambassador program.

The tour consists of meetings with governmental officials, visiting historic landmarks and learning about culture norms of the areas visited.

Some of the highlights of the trip include observing the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace in London, and visits to Stonehenge and Normandy Beach. 

While in Paris, the students will take in the panoramic views of Paris atop the Eiffel Tower and admire artistic masterpieces of the Louvre Museum, including the Mona Lisa.

People to People Ambassadors are interviewed and evaluated before their acceptance into the program.

The program was founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956. He believed that if people from different cultures could come together in peace and friendship, so eventually would nations. Programs like Sister Cites, Project HOPE and the Student/Sports exchange Ambassador Program were created by People to People and have become independent programs since then.

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