Merdinian 7th & 8th Grade Students' Trip to the East Coast

From May 4th to May 11th of this year, C. and E. Merdinian Armenian Evangelical School’s 7th and 8th grade students accompanied by Principal Lina Arslanian and English and Social Studies Department Chair, Sona Kassardjian as well as seven parents traveled on an educational trip to Washington DC, Philadelphia, and New York. This trip was comprised of some of the most popular sites in United States. Students had the opportunity to visit our Nation's Capital, the many unique historical sites, government buildings, and informative museums. They gained a clearer understanding about how our national government works, and they were able to touch American history through the many attractions they visited.
The tour allowed students to experience the wonder of our Nation's Capital in a fun and exciting way. They explored the National Archives, visited Capitol Hill, Lincoln, Korean, Vietnam, WWII, Jefferson, FDR, Washington, and Iwo Jima Memorials. In addition, they were amazed as they visited the Smithsonian Museums and the National Air and Space Museum. Furthermore, they felt proud as they visited the many Armenian monuments and memorials that are located in Washington DC as well as ANCA and the Armenian Embassy. They also experienced the unique and awe-inspiring ceremonies at the Arlington National Cemetery as well as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers.
Merdinian students were exposed to so many experiences. They had the opportunity to see all the classic destinations in both Washington DC and Philadelphia including the White House, Mt. Vernon, Independence Hall, Congress Hall, Liberty Bell, and the Armenian Genocide Memorial. This trip also included many notable and memorable sites in New York: Grand Central Station, Ground Zero, Central Park, Times Square, Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island.
Students explored the history and the government of the United States. They discovered how our nation came to be and how it operates today. Students had a firsthand experience of the fascinating aspect of our government and our country's infrastructure. In the words of the 7th and 8th grade students, to sum up this trip, it would take just one word: unforgettable!