After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID pandemic, 28 of our soon-to-be seniors (Class of 2023), loaded a bus for our time-honored, life-changing Junior Trip. The trip was led by our American government teacher, Angie Hopkins along with Kipp Stiles, Anna Segars, Lucinda Clark, and Steve Miller. We departed Baptist Prep Upper School on Monday, May 23, headed for Washington, DC.
Upon arrival in our Nation’s Captial, we were dropped off for a somber visit to the Holocaust Museum. We then walked past the White House, Library of Congress, and Supreme Court on our way to observe all the memorials and monuments by moonlight.
On our third day, we were able to go up into the Washington Monument, and tour the American History Museum, several of the Smithsonian Museums, and the National Archives Museum which is home to our beloved Declaration of Independence, Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Magna Carta. We finished our day with a walking tour down a cobblestone street in Old Town Alexandria, VA, following the footsteps of George Washington.
Our fourth day took us to Arlington Cemetery where we were able to visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and watch the changing of the guard. We found a quiet place where our students prayed and thanked God for our war heroes, sang worship songs, and Caleb Yates, our future student body chaplain, shared from God’s Word. We then visited the Museum of the Bible and were given a personal tour of our Capitol by our very own Arkansas Senator, John Boozman.
After a brief night’s rest, we loaded the bus and headed for Annapolis, MD, to tour the Naval Academy. We then proceeded to Philadelphia, PA, where we visited the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and, of course, ran up the “Rocky” steps in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. We were also able to enjoy authentic Philadelphia cheesesteak sandwiches from the famous Geno’s and Pat’s King of Steaks. We then departed for our overnight stay in New Haven, CT, where we visited Yale University. Along the way, we visited the beautiful Princeton University campus and got to wave at New York City.
On our sixth day, we found ourselves heading to Plymouth, MA, where we toured Plymouth Plantation, the Mayflower II, and Plymouth Rock. Our students enjoyed interacting and dancing with the characters pretending to be the early settlers.
We finally landed in Boston, MA on our seventh day, where we enjoyed a Boston Red Sox game at Fenway Park, walked the Freedom Trail, and were led on a historic moonlight graveyard tour. We were also able to visit Paul Revere’s house along with the Old State House, Old North Church and Crypt, and the USS Constitution. On our way out of town to Niagara Falls, NY, we stopped to check out Harvard.
The morning of our ninth day found us walking around Niagara Falls and taking a boat ride right up into the falls. Not only was it a fun experience, but it was also a reminder of God’s awesome creation! That afternoon, we headed to Sandusky, OH, to culminate our trip with a fun day at Cedar Point, an amusement park located on one of Lake Erie’s peninsulas. After hours of riding roller coasters, we loaded the bus and drove all night to arrive home in Little Rock, AR, where we had begun our 11-day trip of bonding, blowing up our Fitbits with all the steps/miles we walked, learning about our government, and the beauty of our amazing United States of America.
Not only are we blessed to be a part of a school that allows us to take such a trip, but we are also honored to have strong parents who entrust us with the safety, education, and spiritual well-being of their children.