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Writing SOCIAL STUDIES abigail narishkin and katie hornsby

Presidential Inauguration

From Jan. 18-20 students traveled to Washington, D.C. for the inauguration.

During spring semester, sophomores, juniors and seniors from Parkway traveled with the Social Studies department to Washington, D.C. “We went to the inauguration in 2008 and it was so amazing that we knew we wanted to go again,” history teacher Annie Wayland said. Although 30 students applied the number was limited to less than 22. “Kids had to get teacher recommendation letters and we asked them why they wanted to go,” Wayland said. The trip cost $480 for three days. “I was told about the trip at the beginning of the school year,” senior Greg Piccirillo said. Students signed up for the trip before the president was elected. “We had kids from every political party but it wasn’t about the politics,it was about the once-in-alifetime experience,” Wayland said.

Students and chaperones left at 10 p.m. on Friday, Jan.18 and traveled 15 hours, by bus. “A lot of us tried to sleep overnight. It was so uncomfortable that at one point I slept on the ground,” Wayland said. The bus arrived on Saturday afternoon and were given neon orange sweatshirts. “They made us wear the sweatshirts so it was easier to stay together. When we wore coats we had to keep the hoods up so we could find each other,” senior Joanne Yu said. Some students even found their way onto live T.V. “The anchor from CNN was trying to get the attention of his cameraman when all of us in orange sweatshirts started waving to help him. He then asked us where we were from,” Wayland said.

Basket Toss During a review game in World History class, sophomore Evan Wright shoots for a basket. Each time a student got a history question right they shot to gain a point for their team. “I never made it so I always had to go for one point on the closest line. It was such a great way to study for the tests,” Wright said. photo by sean carey

Playing with Artists Working in the hallway, sophomores Olivia DiCampo and Hanna Rutter create a review board game for Renaissance painter Michelangelo. Each pair of students was assigned a different artist to create a game for. “It was actually better than playing Jeopardy to review because we didn’t feel embarrassed when we got a question wrong. We were just playing with friends,” Rutter said. photo by eileen tully

Cellphone Warfare Students in freshmen history reenact war tactics from WWI. The lesson plan was kept a secret until students walked into class and found all their desks flipped over to simulate trenches. “Mrs. Boles made us get out our phones so we could make gun and bomb noises. It made the experience so much more authentic,” freshman Alexander Hubbard said.

Washington, D.C.

photo by mallory henak


Abigail Narishkin

COMMENTS This is the social studies page. This year twenty students attended the inauguration so we chose to do both the module and feature story on that. My interview with the trip sponsor lasted over an hour because I wanted to incorporate not only facts but unique stories. I wrote all the captions about history classes.


photo by emma ratliff

trench warfare

Face Time In Lara Boles’ freshmen Modern U.S. History class, students interview each other about famous people throughout time. Two thirds of the class was assigned a person while the other third asked them about their character’s stance on topics like women’s rights and segregation. “My favorite part was the faces people made. I wore mine every time I answered someone’s question,” freshman Scott McKnight said.

history trials

Dear John On the first day of the WWI unit in Lara Boles History Class, students participate in trench warfare. Boles had the students write back to their family as if they were at war. “I was lying on the ground so I could pretend to avoid the bombs and the bullets. But the best part was when I wrote back to my fake wife to tell her I had gotten trench foot,” freshman Drew Bonnett said. photo by emma ratliff

Arlington Cemetery

“Changing of the guard was really emotional. They protect the tomb of the unknown solider. It represents every solider that passed away and wasn’t identified. There is an unknown solider from each war.” -Drew Silverberg, 10

Kennedy Center

“We went and saw the play ‘Sheer Madness.’ It was really fun because the audience got to vote and choose which actor got killed.” -Nina Elsperman,11


Monuments at Night

“We got to see Michelle Obama from her car. When she waved to us everybody freaked out about her new hair. All the girls thought that people were going to get bangs to copy Michelle.” -Gregory Piccirillo, 12

“We walked 15 miles over two days. On the second night we were there, we saw Lincoln, Korean War, Vietnam War, WWI and Martin Luther King monuments. Thomas Jefferson’s memorial was my favorite!” -Mitch Regel, 11

Smithsonian Museums

“Everybody could go to whichever museum they wanted as long as there was someone else to go with them. I went to the Natural History Museum where we saw the hope diamond.” -Sami Corbitt, 10


“There were hundreds of thousands of people in the crowd and security was crazy. The speech was so good and surprisingly really specific. But I swear more people cheered for Beyoncé than Obama.” -Joanne Yu, 12

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