Monday, April 24, 2017

Trenton Students Conquer The Big Apple

#THSNYC17 saw another student group travel to New York City at capacity. Fifty-four students and chaperones From Trenton and Carlson High Schools traveled to NYC for an action packed two nights and three days.

The group arrived in Manhattan to visit Penguin Random House Books and 2007 THS Alum Kelly McGauley. Ms. McGauley serves as The Marketing Manager for Random House Children's Books. Ms. McGauley gave an inspirational presentation about her path to New York as well as a description of her job. She went on to describe how a book comes to market and all of the channels, research and promotions she uses to make that happen. The visiting students impressed while taking part in a focus group conducted by Ms. McGauley's team.

Students then traveled to stops at Madison Square Garden and Ripley Grier Studios for an eye opening visit. At Ripley Grier, a group was met by Broadway Actress Cassie Okenka, a Toledo, Ohio native who plays in "School of Rock." She gave students insight into life on Broadway as well as her own career path.

Students ended the day with shopping on Times Square as well as sightseeing from Top of The Rock at Rockefeller Center. Students averaged 9 miles per day walking over the first two days and were tired that first day in city to say the least.

Day 2 started with a trip by ferry to Liberty Island and Ellis Island where students explored the history of the Park as well as Immigration into the United States. Students had lunch in China Town and came back to Lower Manhattan for a tour of The 9/11 Memorial and Museum. Students were in awe taking in the power of both the mall as well as the exhibits in the museum. Also on this day, students were introduced to The New York City Subway System and did all travel by it or on foot. Uncertain at first, our students rode the rails like experts by the end of the day. It was back to Midtown for dinner in Little Italy for a 4 star meal.

Day 3 saw students take a walking tour of Central Park with visits to Strawberry Fields and Belvedere Castle to name a few sights. Students were treated to an impromptu performance at the fountain by an ensemble of acapella singers visiting New York with their high school classmates from Wisconsin. The day ended with students catching an amazing performance of School of Rock at The Winter Garden Theatre in Midtown.

This year's students were an impressive group and were complimented as such by Ms. McGauley's staff, the theatre staff at Ripley Grier Studios, our parent chaperones and most importantly our Bus Driver Steve. On behalf of the faculty advisers, Ms. Paczewitz, Mr.Monaco, Ms. Bechtol  and myself, we would like to thank the
parent chaperones for making this an incredibly fun
learning experience for our students. Thanks
to: Mike Bulatovic, Dana Castillo, Susan Truitt,
Nancy Lasich, Kellee Howey, Charisse Hoffman and
Kelly Memering.

We would also like to the Board of Trenton Public
Schools as well as the administration for the travel

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