For many, spring brings about wanderlust of sorts, complete with thoughts of tropical breezes, captivating cultures, and fascinating voyages, and for eight Poland Seminary High School foreign language students, such travel will be of the international kind.
Traveling with Stacy Benson, Poland High School French teacher, for whom it will be a third trip over the years with the school's foreign language students, the group of 12 will also include two parents and a friend of Benson's, as they depart for France on April 4, returning April 12.
Traveling with the Explorica tour company, the group will begin their trip in Paris, spending three days touching on several landmarks including Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre, and dining in the Latin Quarter. On day four, they will make their way to Nice on the TGV, Europe's fastest train, travel to Monaco, Provence, and finally, Barcelona.
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Eight Poland Seminary High School students will depart April 4 for a tour of France and Spain with Poland Seminary High School foreign language teacher Stacy Benson. They are Scott Donnachie, David Lankitus, Katie Becherer, Madeleine Queen, Katie Porter, and Nicole Simeonsson, and (seated): Leah Howard, and Sarah Ahlswede.
According to Benson, although much of the itinerary is somewhat etched in stone, the students do have pockets of time, regarding which they meet and discuss how they would like to spend it.
Not just for French students, Benson said six of the student travelers speak French, adding that it is during the times that they students are without her to rely on that they use the French language most; often sharing the experience with her once they meet up again.
Exemplifying the varying language range of students participating, Poland High School senior Nicole Simeonsson, who has acquired four years of Latin, said she is excited at the prospect of seeing everything, especially the Eiffel Tower, while senior Katie Porter is a French 4 student anxious to tour both Paris and Monaco.
Freshman David Lankitus, a Spanish student, said he is most looking forward to being on the trip during his 15th birthday, which falls on Easter Sunday. No stranger to international travel, David made a mission trip to Bolivia last summer.
Under the direction of Benson, who is a seasoned traveler, the students will no doubt say a satisfied adieu to a memorable spring break, having experienced a bit of the culture, foods, sights, and sounds of faraway lands.