New Trip, New York

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Bennett Wood

Wood proudly brandishes the poster for the New York City Broadway and the Arts 2015 tour. The brand new tour was announced for high schoolers this week.

Alexa Geidel, Columnist

It was announced last week that in the Spring of 2015, the Horizon Honors Travel Club will welcome a new branch. Previously offering only middle school Washington DC or Boston trips and high school European expedition trips, the club will now cater to high schoolers who want the best of both worlds: the affordability of a domestic vacation without sacrificing the riveting opportunities and sights of a new place. In a way, the students who choose to attend the trip are exploring new and foreign lands, a jungle of possibilities… or rather, a concrete jungle. Make way New York City, the eagles are about to land.

Junior Bennett Wood was a key player in bringing the trip to life. “I have always wanted to travel to New York City, ever since I was a little boy who grew up learning about the arts. Being that next year is my senior year, I wanted to take action instead of just discussing the possibilities,” he comments on deciding to take the first step. Wood is no stranger to traveling with Horizon Honors and Education First Tours; he’s checked Washington DC, France, England, Ireland, and Wales off his list thanks to the duo. Elaborating on why he loves spending time in new and exciting places with EF Tours and the Horizon Honors Travel Club, Wood asserts, “Travel stays with you forever, and the memories that come out of the experience are priceless and worth every penny.”

Ms. Shaheen, a Drama and AMEX teacher, is the head of the New York trip, and the only teacher signed up officially so far. The minimum requirement for the trip is 15 students, and there is no maximum. The six day, five night trip will consist of all the compulsory points of interest on an excursion into the The Center of the Universe, not excluding a single treasure. Highlights on the itinerary include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, backstage tours of Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Opera, NBC Studios at Rockefeller Center, and the Radio City Music Hall, and the list doesn’t end there. One of the biggest selling points, drawing in salivating theatre enthusiasts, is the promise of three Broadway shows. Don’t forget climbing the golden escalators of Trump Tower, taking in the breath-taking view from the top of the Empire State Building at night, and gazing up at America’s beautiful welcome sign, the Statue of Liberty. “Life is short; when the opportunity arises to travel, seize and cherish the memories,” Wood looks like he’s ready to take on the City of Dreams.