April 18, 2008 — Nearly 60 Charlotte Amalie High School students are headed for the global classroom.
Eighteen French Club members will bid bon voyage to St. Thomas and exercise their language skills on the streets of Paris, while 37 others will tour eight colleges and universities in three states.
Continental breakfast greeted student travelers in French teacher and trip coordinator Idalia Dockerys classroom Friday morning, while they were given last minute instruction, in french, as to itinerary, exchange rates, weather and Madame Dockerys schedule of hefty fines for anyone late to any event.
Sophomore Kile Shillingford, was excited about the trip and to eat French cuisine. I want to try everything, he said.
Shillingford suspects that his mother will miss him after about six days. Me too, he said, but Ill be caught up in the action in France.
Senior Bianca Moscia, who has studied French for three years in Dockerys class, looks forward to the opportunity to see the Musee d'Orsay and the palace of Versailles. Moscia, also an artist, won first place in the Foreign Language Cultural Showcase for her sculpture, "A Walk in the Versailles Gardens which featured two working water fountains.
The clubs 11-day tour will wind up in London before coming back to St. Thomas.
The college tour organized by junior class counselor, Shirley Blyden, is the first of its kind for CAHS. Most of the students are juniors.
More than 77 percent of CAHS students going on to college or technical schools, acting C principal Carmen Howell is happy to give an opportunity to these students to gather information up front before making a decision about college.
Using a payment plan, the trip has been funded by the parents of the students, rather than seeking financial assistance from the community. At the end of the trip one of the students will win a $400 scholarship from the Christian Education Coalition for African-American Leadership.
Junior Rosemary McKenzie is using the trip to feel the atmosphere in North Carolina before making her college decision. She is leaning towards Johnson C. Smith University.
Nneka A. Byron, also a junior, is still debating between colleges. Byron plans to major in computer science and says that location is not all that important to her. She is looking for scholarships to help with tuition.
The trip has an ambitious itinerary.
Starting Monday, after visiting the Martin Luther King Jr. Center and the Ebenezer Baptist Church, the college-bound group will see eight colleges in Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia over three days.
The students arrive home on Thursday, April 24.
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