PAWLING, N.Y. -- Seventeen Trinity-Pawling School students took advantage of three beautiful days and recently visited Washington, D.C.
The group got things rolling with a trip to the Air and Space Museum then headed to the Renwick Gallery to see the show "Wonder."
The group traded in its culture caps for fun Saturday night, March 5. Some headed to the Verizon Center to see the Washington Wizards blow a huge lead to lose by one while others went to hear the Capitol Steps, a satiricale-musical troupe which parodies politicians.
Sunday, March 5, was the day of somber remembrance at the Iwo Jima Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery and the Holocaust Museum. This sobering day was lightened up when one group ventured off to Madame Toussauds to mingle with celebrities, albeit wax, while the other group took in the Newseum.
The group toured the monuments by night including the Jefferson Memorial, Vietnam War Memorial, Korean War Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial.
The last day featured the U.S. Capitol including an appearance by U.S. Ruben Gallego from Arizona who provided some inside political anecdotes. The group ventured down to the old Supreme Court chamber for a preview of how the court has evolved, because after the Capitol tour, they crossed the street and visited the United States Supreme Court.
After exploring the exhibits at the court and watching a short informational film on the court, the Trinity-Pawling group was invited for a private talk with one of Associate Justice Stephen Breyer's law clerks, who gave inside knowledge of the court and shared behind the scenes stories. The students learned the inner workings of the court and had the opportunity to see the new courtroom complete with the huge red velvet curtains and nine black leather chairs with the late Justice Antonin Scalia's draped in black.