Principals Shannon Knapp and Becky Shankster traveled to Washington, D.C., with students, parents and staff Oct. 8-12. There were 92 eighth- and ninth-grade students. After visiting the U.S. Capitol Building, students had the opportunity of visiting the White House. Included in the tour, were the library, the China Room, the East Room, the Blue Room, the Red Room and the state dining room. The group visited the Pentagon, where they took part in one of three tours offered. The students got a glimpse of the daily activities that occur inside the interior corridors of the largest office building in the world. Included in their tour was the 9/11 Memorial Room where American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the building. Students visited the Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Memorial Wall, Korean War Memorial, the Washington Monument, Ford’s Theater, MLK Memorial, FDR Memorial and the U.S. Holocaust Museum. Along the National Mall, students chose a Smithsonian museum to visit. While at Arlington Cemetery, four students laid a wreath representing Durand at the Tomb of the Unknowns. Tuff Slieff, Evan Samson, Maleigha McKnight and Madeline Bias took part.

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