On the morning of the third day, students visited the Lincoln Memorial and WWII, Vietnam and Korean War Memorials. Later in the day, they traveled to the Embassy of Switzerland, Air Force Memorial and Pentagon 9/11 Memorial. Students experienced a mock Congress on several different national issues, including laws regarding concealing and carrying a gun, racial profiling and those who identify in the LGBT community.
"The Swiss Embassy was really cool just because learning about other people and their countries is really interesting to me," senior Rachel Bagley said. "The highlight was learning about the Swiss military and how they train despite the fact that they do not go to war."
On Thursday, students saw the outside of the White House and attended a democracy workshop, the National Portrait Gallery and the Arlington National Cemetery, where service members or prominent American figures such as Supreme Court justices can be buried. Notable Americans buried here include former presidents John F. Kennedy and William Howard Taft. To conclude the night, students went to a farewell dance with people from all four states who attended the trip.
"D.C. was a lot more fun than I expected," senior Libby Foley said. "It was a really great experience, and I made such close friends from different parts of the U.S. that leaving them on the last day was really tough."
"D.C. was a lot more fun than I expected. It was a really great experience, and I made such close friends from different parts of the U.S. that leaving them on the last day was really tough." - senior Libby Foley
Friday, Jan. 26 was the final day of the trip, and WHS students attended the Newseum, a museum that promotes American citizens’ First Amendment rights.
"Getting to visit the Newseum was a really great part of the trip because I got to experience it with many of my friends who write for The Rebellion with me," Editor-in-Chief Tara Gordon said. "As someone who wants to go into journalism for a career, it was eye-opening to learn how news and reporting has evolved, and I think overall the museum was extremely engaging."