Neither Rain, nor Rain, nor More Rain Could Stop the Hunt!
Last week, 95 students and family members and Academy staff descended upon our nation's capital to conduct a scavenger hunt throughout Capitol Hill, the National Mall, and Arlington Cemetery in search of a variety of historical sites, artifacts, documents, and monuments. Despite the inhospitably soggy weather, the students forged ahead and enjoyed two days of first-hand encounters with some of our nation's most cherished symbols. The scavenger hunt required the family teams to find such things as the Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution, and Bill of Rights (located at the National Archives), the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and President Kennedy's eternal flame (located at Arlington National Cemetery), the Ohio pillar at the WWII Memorial,
an artifact or script from the Folger Shakespeare Library, George Washington's uniform (located at the National Museum of American History), a cherry blossom tree (along the Tidal Basin), Latin inscriptions (bonus points for their translations), and much more. We capped off the trip with a group tour of the U.S. Capitol. It was a fantastic experience, and we look forward to future adventures with our students and their families.