Students from the Charlotte Amalie High School are travel bound. More than 100 students will depart the territory this week on various trips. “While the Virgin Islands is getting ready to welcome an influx of visitors for its annual Carnival celebration, the Charlotte Amalie High School is getting ready to send four groups of travelers overseas on tour,” said Principal Carmen Howell.
Today, the CAHS French Club departs for another European tour. Madam Idalia Dockery, CAHS French instructor, will take 39 students to Barcelona, Spain and Paris, France. Highlights of the tour will be the riverboat ride, a walking tour of Paris and a visit to the Eiffel Tower as well as other places of interest in France. They will also experience a Barcelona flamenco evening show and tour numerous places of interest in Spain to include: La Sagrada Familia, andParque Guell. “Most importantly”, said Howell, “the students will get the opportunity to utilize the language and experience the French culture.” The group will return on May 4.
On Wednesday, April 27, the CAHS track and field coach, Alfredo Bruce Smith, and 17 track and field athletes will head to the Penn Relays at the University of Pennsylvania. After a strong performance at the Poly Relaysin Puerto Rico recently, the team has been practicing daily for the up-coming meet. Coach
Smith is excited about the superb performance of the track team, especially the four seniors: DeAndre Rawlins, Decio Bonelli, Syanna Wynter and Kino Malone. Howell said, “While we expect another successful meet, we are further hopeful that our seniors will be afforded beneficial scholarship offers from college scouts who will be present.” The team will return on May 1.
Also on Wednesday, 40 members of the CAHS Marching Hawks, symphonic band and the auxiliary units will depart for New Orleans, Louisiana, for the Heritage Music Festival. The musicians will definitely jazz up their next performance in the Crescent City. The group will also experience a university tour, visit the French QuarterandJackson Square, explore theAquarium of the Americas, the D-day Museum and experience a boat ride up and down the Mississippi. They will take in the swamp tour as well. Music director Georgia Francis sees this as a great learning experience for the group, and while it is not the first time for the CAHS band to tour New Orleans, it will be the group’s first visit since Hurricane Katrina. The students will return on May 3.
And finally, on May 1, 22 juniors and their counselors, Alyster Edwards and Shirley Blyden, will take off on the annual college tour. The group will commence its tour in Atlanta and will visit 10 schools throughout Atlanta, North Carolina, Virginia and Washington DC. The schools to be visited are: Morehouse College, Spellman, Clarke-Atlanta, Emory, Johnson C. Smith, North Carolina A & T, North Carolina Central, Howard, Georgetown, Hampton, and Duke Universities. Howell said, “Students are getting the opportunity to see first-hand what specific colleges on the eastern seaboard have to offer.” The travelers will return to the Virgin Islands on May 6.