Class of 2017 Making Final Preparations for Trip Abroad
The Class of 2017 is making final preparations for their senior trip to Europe! On Thursday, March 2, the group including 32 students and 5 chaperones will depart from Miami International Airport and fly overnight to Ireland. There they will meet their tour director from EF Educational Tours and begin the day with a walking tour of Dublin. After two days in Dublin, they will head to North Wales, followed by London and Paris!
Highlights of the 10-day trip will include traveling by both ferry and Eurostar train, visiting Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Notre-Dame Cathedral, Eiffel Tower, the Paris opera district, the Louvre, along with plenty of time for shopping, eating, and exploring additional sites. Some students will also be spending time at Disneyland in Paris, and some plan to see Wicked in London.
“Preparing and planning an international trip with students is a long, arduous process that begins about two years before departure,” says Mr. Bill Canning, senior class advisor and trip coordinator. “However, the reward of seeing the students’ excitement as they visit places they’ve studied in their textbooks makes the hundreds of hours of work worth it! Many of our graduates go on to study abroad in college as a result of ‘catching the travel bug’ on the senior trip.”
Each year a trip is scheduled for the graduating class, and for the past 15 years HCA seniors have traveled abroad to Europe, Asia, and Africa. Mr. Canning shares that prior to the European trips, the seniors went on ski trips to Colorado, Utah, and Quebec. The purpose of the trip is class fellowship, personal spiritual growth, and preparation for life after graduation.
The HCA faculty and staff wish the students and chaperones a wonderful trip and will be praying for their safety during the 10 days they are gone from the HCA campus. This year’s chaperones will be Mr. Bill Canning, Mrs. Sandra Kong, Pastor Steve Allen, Mrs. Amy Allen, and Mrs. Caroline Maugee.