Students’ trip to see iconic sights of US

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SOME of America’s most iconic landmarks were on the itinerary for a group of Holbeach students during a five-day trip Stateside.

A group of 37 youngsters from Years 10 to 13 at University Academy Holbeach took part in the exciting historical and cultural trip to Washington and New York, which had been 18 months in the planning.

It was aimed at those students studying aspects of American History at GCSE and A level.

Headteacher Steve Baragwanath said: “The tour was a great success with students visiting famous landmarks and museums and taking guided tours as well as enjoying the exciting atmosphere of New York City including Times Square and the Hard Rock Cafe.”

The youngsters stayed in Manhatten for two days and visited the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

A particularly poignant experience was a visit to Ground Zero and the new Memorial Park.

There was also a guided tour of the Financial District and Wall Street and the group also visited the United Nations headquarters.

The tour, organised by five teachers, then moved on to Washington DC, where youngsters visited the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam and Korean War Memorials and the White House.

The grand finale to the visit, on the last day, was a visit to the Capitol Building, including a special visit to the House of Representatives.

Mr Baragwanath added: “Staff and students all agreed that this was the trip of a lifetime and something they will always remember.”