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May 6, 2014

Central students travel to London, Paris

THOMASVILLE — A group of Thomas County Central High School students said “au revoir” to America and “hello” to Europe.

The group, consisting of 23 students and five adults, visited London and Paris during spring break. Students were juniors and seniors who had taken U.S. history and/or French, trip organizers said.

“The trip was designed to enhance instruction in English colonization and cultural impact on American and French language and culture,” said  Teresa Carver, TCCHS history teacher and a chaperone.

The group departed April 3 and returned April 9. Students split their time between London and Paris. 

“I am very thankful that the school system allowed us to visit Europe over Spring break,” student Noah Harris said.

“Although I was aware of the differences of the culture between the United States, Britain and France, my eyes have been opened to just how different their cultures are as a result of this once in a lifetime experience.”

The London experience included a walking tour to see The Strand, Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square and Covent Garden; a guide tour to see Big Ben and Houses of Parliament, Piccadilly Circus, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace; and a visit to the Tower of London or the London Eye and Thames River cruise.

“The trip was a truly enlightening experience,” said student Justin Knapp. “Though I had heard of the magnificence of London and Paris, seeing the beauty first hand was truly unbelievable.”

The Paris excursion included a tour of the Louvre; a guided tour of Paris to see Place de la Concorde, Champs-Élysées, Arc de Triomphe, Les Invalides, Eiffel Tower; a guided tour of Versailles to see state apartments, Hall of Mirrors and gardens or the chance to take a Seine River cruise; a walking tour of Paris to see the Latin Quarter and Basilica of the Sacré Cœur and a visit to Notre Dame Cathedral.

“My favorite part of the trip was visiting the Louvre in Paris,” said participant Emily Kornegay. “It was really neat to see famous paintings like the Mona Lisa in person.”

Chaperones included Carver and French teacher Ashley Olson.

Students participating were Stephen Atkinson, Ashlynne Bailey, Andrew Barrientes, Sarah Buckley, David Carver, Tierra Christian, Keila Cone, Antonio Cooney, Addison Frasch, Anthony Graham, Noah Harris, Mallorie Johnson, Adrianna Johnson, Justin Knapp, Emily Kornegay, Linna Le, Savannah Matherly, Azarel Nieves, Chelcie Nix, Carly Patch, Virgina Rogers, Christian Woods and Holly Zolt.

“The London-Paris trip was a trip of a lifetime,” participant Holly Zolt enthused. “It was amazing to have the opportunity to travel.  I definitely recommend on your going if there is ever a chance.”

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