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DC: Back and Better Than Ever

Margot Englander

School News Editor



For the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic, Barrack sophomores embarked on a two-night trip to the nation’s capital. Building on their learning about Roman and Greek government structures, and in partnership with the Close-Up organization, the Class of 2025 learned about the American government, through monuments and guest speakers.

At 7:45 in the morning (which felt like 6:45 – thanks daylight savings!), on Sunday, March 12, 40 10th graders gathered aboard a coach bus, ready to embark on a life-changing trip. Once they arrived, around two and a half hours later, they enjoyed lunch together, before heading to a sight visit. Exploring the WW2 memorial, students focused on the images and words highlighted, as well as the significance of the numerous water features. Students then bused over to the Korean, Vietnam, and Lincoln memorials. For many students, this was an opportunity to reflect on these conflicts and think about the importance of war memorials. Later in the day, students enjoyed a foreign policy seminar as well as a conservative vs liberal debate. Students were given the opportunity to ask questions about topics that were important to them.

For many, the highlight of the trip was the free time to explore Georgetown. The weather was nice, and the streets were busy, with plenty for students to do and eat. This was the opportunity to really bond with classmates and friends.

Over the next two days, students sat through seminars on immigration, gun control, the opioid crisis, and the climate. Students were welcomed to the Sixth & I synagogue, and also checked out the National Portrait Gallery, as well as the White House and Black Lives Matter Plaza. Students briefly visited the Air Force memorial.

On Tuesday, the culmination of the past two days was a visit to the Capitol to meet with representatives from varying districts. Students researched and put together small presentations on topics that were important to them, and had the opportunity to discuss with real representatives about these important issues. Many students were interested in talking about gun violence and policies. Some students were able to see the Supreme Court while others explored more of the Capitol Building, including the secret subway. The trip ended with a visit to the Library of Congress.

For most students, the trip provided the chance to explore the government of our nation while connecting with friends outside of JBHA’s four walls. Barrack is excited to bring back this favorite tradition!


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