US trip for Spilsby kids

The students outside the FBI's J. Edgar Hoover building in Washington.
The students outside the FBI's J. Edgar Hoover building in Washington.
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YOUNGSTERS from the King Edward VI Humanities College in Spilsby jetted off on a transatlantic adventure recently.

Seventeen students flew to Washington for a five-day experience of the American capital and American politics during March.

Students saw the Senate and House of Representatives in session at Capitol Hill.

They also visited the Supreme Court, Washington Monument, Navy Heritage Centre, Lincoln Memorial, Pentagon, White House, Space Museum, several war memorials and Arlington Cemetery.

Many were moved by the Pentagon Memorial Garden, dedicated to the people who died on 9/11 and by the acres of white headstones in Arlington, as well as the Kennedy graves.

Whilst at Arlington the group witnessed a gun carriage conveying an Afghanistan casualty to rest and the changing of the guard ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

They also saw Obama’s cavalcade passing whilst on their way to a venue and the lights of the Oval Office shining with Obama in conference with the President of Israel.

Students touched moon rock at the Science Museum and saw the evidence of the space race, both American and Russian.

One student, Tia-Rose Lawley said: “It was a great experience and I would encourage more students to do this once in a lifetime opportunity.”

Charlie Shudell added: “I am very grateful for going on this trip, I will never forget it!”