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Friday, June 27, 2014 1:09 PM

During the week of April 14-17, the seniors of the Paulding High School National Honor Society went to New York City for a trip. They took a 13-hour bus ride from Paulding High School to New York on Monday the 14th.

They started their time in New York with visiting the “Today Show Live” on Tuesday morning. After being in the country their whole lives, the city was a big change. With all the traffic, they had to learn to cross the street in a timely manner, as well as get off the bus quickly. The students visited the Intrepid Museum to learn about the ships, airplane and jets during the the past wars. They got to visit Times Square on multiple occasions, to go shopping, eat dinner at Di Beppo Planet Hollywood, or just see the sites. Before they left for New York, they had a vote on which musical to see. The students chose to go see “Matilda” on Broadway. That was the last thing they visited on Tuesday, April 15.

The next morning, the 16th, they departed from their hotel in New Jersey to see the Statue of Liberty. They took the ferry to the Statue Island. There was only 20 minutes between each ferry ride to Ellis Island, so there was just enough time to get a few pictures. At Ellis Island, the students go to see the buildings that the immigrants stopped at as they made their way into the United States. The students had the chance to look up their families to see if they came to the United States through Ellis Island. The students enjoyed this part of the trip as they learned about the history of their families and country.

The next place the group visited was the 9/11 Memorial. It was a very somber time as the students listened to a witness from the event. He was a worker in the building during the first attack in 1993 as well as in 2001. He told about his experiences and how those days impacted his life. It was a very touching story. In the tribute center was a firefighter’s jacket, pieces of the buildings, an American Flag and many more. The list of the names who died took a whole wall. It was very important for the students to be able to see. The part of the trip that the students enjoyed very much was actually going to the waterfalls of the memorial where the towers stood.

Then they left for China Town to go shopping. Then they went back to Time Square for dinner and more time to sightsee, then in the evening went to Top of the Rock. Here, the students got to look out over the city with all the lights. It was a beautiful sight!

The next morning, they took off from the hotel to Carlos Bakery to have some tasty desserts. Then a long trip back home. Finally at 10 o’clock that Thursday evening the bus pulled into the high school drive.

Many of the students really enjoyed it, while others did not. Some want to go back or even live there. Overall, it was good trip for the Paulding High School Senior National Honor Society. There were 25 students and five adults on the trip.