West Teaching Scholars Visit New York City
February 12, 2016
Category: Student Blogs
The Junior and Senior West Scholar Cohorts took a trip to New York City on December 12-15, 2015. It was a great way to kick off Winter Break although the unusually warm weather did not feel much like wintertime.
One of the highlights of the trip was the Broadway play “Aladdin” at the New Amsterdam Theatre. The actors were amazing and the scenery was typical of a big Broadway production.
Another highlight was a visit to the 911 Museum. Even though it was a sobering experience, students gained insight into the truly horrifying ordeal of the victims and their families and the heroism of the police and firefighters who worked so diligently after the attacks.
Students also visited Stuyvesant High School which was founded in 1904 as a “manual training school for boys.” It became coed in 1969 with an initial class of 14 girls. Today, approximately 43% of the student body is female. Incoming ninth and tenth graders are selected by an examination that is open to all residents of New York City. Stuyvesant High has long served as a premier school for the development of talent in science, mathematics and technology. It also has an outstanding arts department and boasts an illustrious array of alumni including Nobel Laureates, actors, authors, professors, economists, presidents of universities, professional athletes including Olympic medalists, musicians and composers. Virtually all Stuyvesant High School students continue their education in 4-year colleges.
Blogs and photos from three participating students are below:
Demi Hutson '16
President of Helen Foil Beard Society
I honestly loved everything about the trip! The school visit was very interesting. Seeing such a different school setting, how big the school was, and seeing a school in a big city was a nice change. What I loved most about the trip was being with the senior and junior cohorts and being able to take one last trip with the seniors before graduation!
Sara Sellers '17
Of course the 9/11 Memorial is a group activity everyone participates in, but I would just like to say the 9/11 Memorial is a life changing experience and I'm so thankful that those in charge of planning the trip were able to give us such a great opportunity. As for optional activities, I would suggest going to Central Park. There is a lot of entertainment packed into that one park, such as a zoo, entertainers, and beautiful views from the rocks you can climb. Another optional activity that I would suggest is going to the American Museum of Natural History. It has a lot of amazing exhibits (and it's also really cool to say you've been to the museum where Night at the Museum was filmed)! Then, finally, one more optional activity I would suggest is going to Brooklyn. My group used our Hop On, Hop Off bus passes to travel to Brooklyn during one of our free days and it was a great experience. It was really nice seeing a different borough other than Manhattan, and of course the Brooklyn Bridge is there! Overall, it was a really awesome trip and a great experience.
The trip to New York City with the West Scholars became an odyssey of sightseeing and new experiences. As a history major, I personally enjoyed seeing famous locations such as the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, and the United Nations Headquarters. The Rockefeller Center held the most holiday spirit of the city with its massive Christmas tree and ice skating ring. Central Park provided an oasis of calmness that reminded me of home while delivering a nice break from the hustle-and-bustle of the busy and crowded streets. I also recommend seeing the 9/11 Memorial which gives remembrance to those who lost their lives on that fateful day. It is amazing to see the two immense reflecting pools that mark the location where the Twin Towers once stood sitting beside the new World Trade Center, also called the “Freedom Tower”, standing as a testament to the cities strong will in the face of adversity. All in all, the trip to New York City was the experience of a life time that I highly urge others to take, especially with the outstanding individuals that make up the West Scholars.