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The Rites of September: Upper School "Class Days" Trips

The Rites of September: Upper School "Class Days" Trips
Tutt Stapp-McKiernan


As part of the Upper School programming, students and advisors participated this week in Wakefield’s annual “Class Days” trips, traveling off-campus for unique experiences by grade level. These are wonderful opportunities to bond together as a class and form lasting memories together at the start of the new school year.

Ninth grade took two day-trips to D.C., one featuring a guided tour of major monuments and war memorials led by Wakefield’s own Lt. Gen. John Fairfield, and the second featuring a visit to the International Spy Museum. Tenth grade students also enjoyed a tour of historic D.C. sights via trolly tour on Day One, followed by a much-anticipated trip to FedEx Field in Landover, MD, to watch a very close game between the Washington Football Team and the New York Giants. After an overnight at a DC hotel, students toured Mount Vernon for Day Two.

Juniors and seniors took three-day overnight trips, both annual traditions: the Junior College Tour, led by Wakefield College Counselor Matt McDonough, and the Senior Kayaking Trip, hosted by Head of Student Services Dr. Amrit Daryanani. This year the College Tour took in Penn State, Ursinus, Cabrini, and the University of Delaware. The kayaking trip, to Caroline Furnace in the Shenandoah Valley, began as always with the first-evening campfire and a traditional Native American talking circle, during which the seniors reflected individually with the group on goals and desires for this important upcoming year.