The 2021-22 D.C./N.Y.C. Trip


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A group photo at Time Square of the 2021-22 students that went on the DC/NYC trip.

Kai Matsumoto, Staff Writer

A group of students on the bus ride to the airport.
This picture was taken at the 9/11 Memorial at the Pentagon in Washington D.C. “It is a beautiful and very peaceful setting and honors all who died in the Pentagon and on the airplane that crashed into the Pentagon,” explains Ms. Miller, a history teacher at McAuliffe and one of the teachers who went on the trip. “[A sad but interesting fact about the memorial,] two of the passengers were elementary students traveling to a Geography Bee with their teacher.”

Miller states, “This is the fairly new U.S. Air Force Memorial. It was one of our first stops in D.C. as soon as we landed with some intermittent rain which gave us some gorgeous clouds!”

On the group’s second day, they visited the home of Thomas Jefferson, the great Monticello.
This is the Smithsonian Castle in Washington D.C.  The Smithsonian is right across from the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and was established in 1810.
The students in a group photo at the United States Capitol.
The students also visited the Lincoln Memorial.
A group photo with the Washington Memorial in the background.

Before the group left D.C., they had also visited Arlington National Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.


“It was a game between the Mets and the Giants,” explains eighth-grader Aidan Ly.  “It was extremely cold [and] we got a voucher to buy food. I got a soda and a hot dog. We weren’t able to stay for the whole game, but I found out that the Mets won, so I was pretty happy.”
“We just walked around, used the telescopes, and took pictures [of the scenic view],”  shares eighth-grader Pierce Donoghue.

This tall building is the Rockefeller Center in New York City. Miller explains, “The architecture of this building is from the 20s and the ground floor contains some original artwork from the era.” They also have a new roller-skating rink and behind that is The Prometheus Fountain.
Donoghue states, “It was four or three people [per] boat. There were geese and turtles, and we raced around and went sightseeing for a bit.”
This church-like building is St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City on 5th Avenue.  Miller adds, “The interior of this church is stunning and worth a tour, or at least a walk-through if you are ever in N.Y.C.”
“Before we hit Broadway, we went to get dinner at the Stardust Diner, it was a place in which the servers sang to you and your peers while you ate your food. It was an amazing play, would watch [it] again,” exclaims Ly.
The students took a ferry from Staten Island to view the Statue of Liberty.
Finally, the group visited The National September 11 Memorial Museum.

Photo credits: Mrs. Acuna, Ms. Miller, Mrs. Lynes, and Mrs. Avalos