Honors English Students Spend Easter In Europe

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ELIZABETH–Ten members of the senior class at Benedictine Academy in Elizabeth accompanied their Honors English teacher, Adina Medina, on a tour of London and Paris during Easter break, April 4 through April 12.

According to senior Chloe Easton, “The trip to London was an eye-opening new experience. Our small group experienced everyday life in London. We also explored British literature more in depth and were able to grasp a better understanding on muses and inspirations of some of the most famous British authors of all time.”

During the tour, students attended a performance of The 39 Steps in London and had the opportunity to visit such European landmarks as Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Picadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Hampton Court, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and the Notre Dame Cathedral. Students also traveled to Bath and visited Stonehenge and Warner Brother’s Harry Potter Exhibit to further explore British history, literature and culture.

“This trip brought so much of the content that is taught in our textbooks to life for our students, allowing them the chance to walk in the steps of Kings and Queens, while connecting significant classroom lessons to real life experiences,” Medina reflected upon her return.

The student travelers included: Jennifer Abbondante, Aiesha Burgess, Cheila Cardoso, DeAzah Davis, Chloe Easton, Abieyuwa Omokaro, Cinthya Pizzaro, Vanessa Rodriguez, Morganna Silva, and Ariana Taveras.

Benedictine Academy senior Ariana Taveras stands in front of Hampton Court Palace outside London during the recent trip abroad. Hampton Court was once one of England’s most significant palaces of the Tudor age. (Photo courtesy of Benedictine Academy)

Students Vanessa Rodriguez (left) and Abie Omokaro of Benedictine Academy in Elizabeth experienced a taste of downtown London during their recent trip. (Photo courtesy of Benedictine Academy)

Cheila Cardoso, a senior at Benedictine Academy, stands at the entrance to Hampton Court Palace outside London. Hampton Court is one of only two surviving palaces out of the many owned by King Henry VIII. (Photo courtesy of Benedictine Academy)

Senior students Morganna Silva (left) and Vanessa Rodriguez pose in front of “Henry VIII’s Kitchen” in Hampton Court. (Photo courtesy of Benedictine Academy)

Students Morganna Silva, DeAzah Davis, Vanessa Rodriguez, Aiesha Burgess, Mrs. Medina, and Abie Omokaro visited Anne Boleyn’s gardens at Hampton Court Palace. (Photo courtesy of Benedictine Academy)

Benedictine Academy senior Morganna Silva delights in the opportunity to stand before the Eiffel Tower in Paris. (Photo courtesy of Benedictine Academy)

(L-R) Benedictine Academy students Cheila Cardoso, Abie Omokaro, Chloe Easton, (Paul Jellis- tour guide), Ariana Taveras, Jennifer Abbondante, Aiesha Burgess, Vanessa Rodriguez, Cinthya Pizarro and Morganna Silva on their last day in Paris. (Photo courtesy of Benedictine Academy)

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