Wolford to Washington
The Wolford School Class of 2014 could have followed in the footsteps of previous senior classes and taken their senior trip to sunny destinations like Florida or Southern California. The Big Apple was also briefly considered based on past choices, but this weekend’s graduates – Alyssa Graber, Josh Morrow and Tonya Slaubaugh – eagerly chose Washington, D.C.
The nation’s capital didn’t disappoint as the trio marveled at the history and grandeur experienced during the senior trip from April 1 through April 6.
The students narrowly missed the peak bloom of the cherry blossoms, but spring was blooming as they toured the White House, U.S. Senate buildings, museums and just about everything iconic in D.C. All three listed a dinner cruise on the Potomac River as a highlight.
“I liked the dinner cruise and the White House tour was really cool,” Slaubaugh said. “We toured the third and fourth floors and saw the colored rooms, dining hall room and the hallway where Obama gave the speech on Bin Laden’s death.”
Morrow was intrigued by the monuments and walking the Capitol steps, which he described as so weathered the footsteps of people could easily be seen.
The students also visited Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., at the Russell Senate Office Building and Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., at the Longworth House Office Building.
“I was surprised by the way they talked,” Morrow said. “I expected them to be more stereotypical like a politician, but they were really friendly.”
Cramer, a Rolette native, is a relative of the students’ chaperones, Paul and Diane Overby.
A highlight for Graber was seeing an NBA game the first night of the trip. The students took in a game between the Washington Wizards and Boston Celtics.
“And I liked the dinner cruise, the White House and meeting the senators,” Graber said.
Other sites visited included the Lincoln Memorial on a Segway tour, and Smithsonian museums on natural history, American history and air and space. They at Fogo de Chao – a popular Brazilian steakhouse -and Founding Farmers – a restaurant owned by North Dakota Farmers Union.
Graber plans to study nursing at Hesston College in Hesston, Kan. Morrow will pursue a culinary arts degree at North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton. Slaubaugh will study information technology at Lake Region State College in Devils Lake. The students graduate at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Wolford School gym.