Student column: North Augusta Middle School news
On Wednesday, the eighth-grade gifted and talented classes went to Washington, D.C. The students were there for five days, and those five days were packed with activities.
On Thursday, they went to the Arlington National Cemetery. While they were there, they saw about 300,000 graves. One of those graves was John F. Kennedy's. Next, the students made their way to the White House and missed seeing President Obama by five minutes. The students also visited the National Archives and saw many of the nation's important documents. Afterward, they went to the National Cathedral. The Cathedral is built in Gothic-style architecture and has assorted rooms for different kinds of praying. It is an Episcopal church, and its rooms are shaped into crosses.
The last place they went was Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum. The wax museum was a lot of the students' favorite place. Some of the very realistic figures there were Abraham Lincoln and Oprah.
On Friday, they went to the Pentagon. Did you know that all the tour guides walk backward the whole way? They even walk up and down escalators that way! Once the students got back on the bus, they headed to Ford's Theatre National Historic Site. This tour included a walk-through of Ford's Theatre and Museum, the Peterson House and the Center for Education and Leadership. Lastly, they saw almost all of the memorials in D.C. Some of the memorials were the Lincoln Memorial and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.
On Saturday, they had quite an eventful morning. At around seven, the hotel's fire alarm went off. Some of the students were still in the showers or putting on makeup, but everything ended up fine. The first place they went was to the U.S. Capitol Building. The Capitol Building is where most of the nation's decisions get made. There is even an actual tomb in the building. It was meant for George Washington, but he chose to be buried at Mount Vernon. So the tomb is empty.
Then they took the bus to the Holocaust Memorial Museum and two of the Smithsonian museums.
On Sunday, their last day, they traveled to Mount Vernon. They got to see George Washington's house, teeth and his horse stable that still smelled like horse after 256 years. The students did not get home until about 9:30 p.m. It was a really interesting and fun experience for each person, and everyone wished it would not have ended so soon!