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50f9ce4917671 UCHS students and staff wait to depart from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport on Jan. 18. KSDK Reporter Sharon Stevens was on hand to capture the moment.
UCHS students and staff arrive at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport on Jan. 18.
KSDK Reporter Sharon Stevens was on hand to capture the moment.
UCHS students and staff wait to depart from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport on Jan. 18.
UCHS students wait to depart from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport on Jan. 18.
UCHS staff wait to depart from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport on Jan. 18.
UCHS students and staff wait to depart from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport on Jan. 18.
On the plane... Photo by Shenelle DuBose, instructional facilitator.
UCHS students and staff wait to depart from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport on Jan. 18. KSDK Reporter Sharon Stevens was on hand to capture the moment.

They're back: Oh, the places “U’ll” go!

UCHS students visited Washington DC for ultimate field trip   

For most high school students, field trips are far and in between, not considered cool and include jaunts to local venues like the zoo.

Twenty-six University City High School students bucked that trend – and instead – traveled to Washington, D.C. for the “ultimate field trip.”

Besides visiting educational and cultural institutions including George Washington University, Howard University, the National Mall and Memorial Parks, the group witnessed the 57th Presidential Inauguration.


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50f9ce4917671Photos of the UCHS students visiting Washington, D.C. from roving photographer Shenelle Dubose at the Capitol building and the Lincoln Memorial. Click through to see more...
Photo of the UCHS students visiting Washington, D.C. from roving photographer Shenelle Dubose.
Photo of the UCHS students visiting Washington, D.C. from roving photographer Shenelle Dubose.
Photo of the UCHS students visiting Washington, D.C. from roving photographer Shenelle Dubose.
Photo of the UCHS students visiting Washington, D.C. from roving photographer Shenelle Dubose.
Photo of the UCHS students visiting Washington, D.C. from roving photographer Shenelle Dubose.
Photo of the UCHS students visiting Washington, D.C. from roving photographer Shenelle Dubose.
Photo of the UCHS students visiting Washington, D.C. from roving photographer Shenelle Dubose.
Photo of the UCHS students visiting Washington, D.C. from roving photographer Shenelle Dubose.
Photo of the UCHS students visiting Washington, D.C. from roving photographer Shenelle Dubose.
Photo of the UCHS students visiting Washington, D.C. from roving photographer Shenelle Dubose.
Photo of the UCHS students visiting Washington, D.C. from roving photographer Shenelle Dubose.
Photo of the UCHS students visiting Washington, D.C. from roving photographer Shenelle Dubose.
Photo of the UCHS students visiting Washington, D.C. from roving photographer Shenelle Dubose.
Photo of the UCHS students visiting Washington, D.C. from roving photographer Shenelle Dubose.
Photo of the UCHS students visiting Washington, D.C. from roving photographer Shenelle Dubose.
UCHS students visit Howard University. Photo by Shenelle DuBose.
UCHS students visit Howard University. Photo by Shenelle DuBose.
Photos of the UCHS students visiting Washington, D.C. from roving photographer Shenelle Dubose at the Capitol building and the Lincoln Memorial. Click through to see more...

The odyssey is the type of enriching educational experience that students in the School District of University City have come to expect, and administrators work hard to deliver.

Michael Maclin, principal at University City High School, attended the District’s Fall Legislative Breakfast, which was organized to help the District and local representatives collaborate to make good things happen for students.


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50f9ce4917671Michelle Obama's dress. Photo by Shenelle Dubose, instructional facilitator
Inauguration Tickets. Photo by Shenelle Dubose, instructional facilitator
Michelle Obama's dress. Photo by Shenelle Dubose, instructional facilitator

While there, he met Mattie Moore, deputy director for Sen. Clarie McCaskill’s office, and exchanged business cards. A month later, Moore shared tickets to the inauguration with University City High School students. While the tickets were free, the more than $30,000 needed to fund the trip was not.

The generosity of the following benefactors provided for the student’s travel, lodging, and other needs while they were abroad. Contributors included:

  • Anonymous donors
  • Leo and Kay Drey, parents of three UCHS alumni 
  • Dynamic Vending, which provides high-quality vending machines 
  • Rep. Rory Ellinger 
  • Herff Jones, which manufactures class rings and other graduation materials 
  • Pi Pizzeria in Washington, D.C. (sister company to the Delmar Loop
    location), which serves award-winning thin and deep crust pizza, provided an in-kind dinner buffet of pizza, salad and drinks

The group arrived Jan. 18 and departed Jan. 21. Besides those already mentioned, scheduled activities included a whirlwind tour of the White House and visits to the Supreme Court Building, Library of Congress, Washington Cathedral, Arlington Cemetery, Washington Monument, various memorials (Lincoln, Jefferson, Martin Luther King Jr., Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Vietnam, Korean, and World War II), the Smithsonian museum, and other local sites.

The following students with exemplary attendance, grades, behavior and winning essays enjoyed the weekend trip:

Juniors Marlynna Blumer, Deja Bowie, Alexis Kozhevsky, Molly Paterson, Rashad Scales, Reneise White and Darion Young.

Seniors Camaron Ballard, Grace Deitzler, Ethan Farber, Lafayette Gatewood, Taylor Gibson, Eliana Hudson, Alexis Jones, Courtney Lee, Madelin Mattli, Janae Miller, Ursula Monaghan, Abigail Mutrux, Daniel Politte, Samuel Polzin, Carl Sechrist, Jeffrey Standifer, Aun'Yiea Watson, Aubrey Williams and Da Sha Windham.

The students wrote about the following topic: Describe the most memorable moment of the Presidential Election of 2012 excluding Nov. 6 and 7; explain how the issues of the 2012 Presidential Election impact your life.

The juniors and seniors traveled with the following chaperones:

Cassandra Conner, science teacher; Shenelle Dubose, instructional facilitator; Matthew Horn, social studies teacher; Katy-Jane Johnson, counselor; David Lewis, safety and security supervisor; April Pezzolla, social studies teacher; Linda Pritchard, A+ and student community service coordinator; Michael Maclin, principal; and Stephen Wurst, industrial technology teacher.

The students will complete a service project and later give a presentation at the 7 p.m. Feb. 21 Board meeting. 

Click here for "Photo Album" article posted during trip. These and additional photos are being uploaded to photo slide shows below:

 Slideshow Icon DC Trip Day 1: Departure Slideshow Icon DC Trip Day 1 afternoon: Capitol Building Slideshow Icon DC Trip Day 1 evening: Roosevelt Memorial

Be sure to check back here often for updates and photographs.

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