With perfect timing for peak cherry blossom season, Group VIII spent three sunny days in Washington, D.C. earlier this month.
After an early morning bus ride, the students arrived in the nation’s capital shortly after lunch and began a busy itinerary of museums and sightseeing. Under the guidance of trip leader (and GA math teacher) Hilary Brodhun and several faculty chaperones, the group visited Arlington National Cemetery, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Newseum (the news history museum with many hands-on exhibits), and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, where the girls looked on as millions of dollars rolled off the presses.
The students also had the honor of spending time with two Connecticut Congressmen. Representative Jim Himes spoke to the Group VIII girls on the floor of the House, with the students seated right in the Representatives’s chairs (complete with voting buttons). Congressman Himes then led them on a personal tour of the Capitol building. Later the same day, Senator Richard Blumenthal fielded the GA girls’ questions on the sweeping steps of the Senate building. With the Capitol dome behind them, the stately Supreme Court building in the distance ahead, and members of Congress crossing the plaza on daily business, the students got an exciting glimpse of life on the Hill.
The sparkling weather was ideal for sightseeing, too. The girls put on their walking shoes and explored many of the major memorials: the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, and the National World War II Memorial.
On the lighter side, the trip also featured a visit to the Georgetown campus and a private performance by the Georgetown Phantoms, a co-ed undergraduate a cappella group who wowed the students with several songs—and gamely welcomed photographs and questions from their new fans after the show.
The Group VIII students arrived back at GA at the end of the third day—tired, no doubt, but with sunny memories (and plenty of photos) of this elegant city at its most dazzling.