2013-01-20 / News

Chesaning Spanish students set sites on Ecuador

BY JEANNE MARCELLO STAFF REPORTER


LOCAL STUDENTS VISIT PERU - Chesaning teacher Lindsay Pierce’s Spanish students and several adults visited Peru in June of 2012. (courtesy photo) LOCAL STUDENTS VISIT PERU - Chesaning teacher Lindsay Pierce’s Spanish students and several adults visited Peru in June of 2012. (courtesy photo) CHESANING – This past June, Spanish students from Chesaning High School traveled to Peru for nine days with their Spanish teacher Lindsay Pierce. On Jan. 14, the group shared highlights from their trip with the Chesaning Union School Board.

The group consisted of eight students (Austin Brown, Abigail Conteras, Eli Fesler, Ana Molloseau, Breanna Sedlar, Madalin Sholtz, Justin Spitler and Rachel Young) and six adults (Amy Sholtz, Melyssa Lenon, Lynda Bell, Deanna Sedlar, Christi and Kent Schubert).

Pierce, a Chesaning native, is very passionate about giving her students the opportunity to see the world and she has worked with EF Educational Tours in the past to take her students to Mexico (2006), Spain (2008) and Costa Rica (2010). After the presentation, the group requested permission to visit Ecuador in June 2014.

During the presentation, Pierce stated, “I want my students to practice Spanish as much as possible.” She explained that each of the students is required to have completed at least two years of Spanish in order to go on the trip. However, all of the student participants who travelled to Peru had taken all three Spanish classes offered at Chesaning.

The students presented major highlights from their trip to Peru, while Pierce showed scenic photos from each major destination. While there, they visited Lima, Miraflores, Cuzco and the ruins of Machu Picchu; among other places.

They talked about the food, the altitude (11,000 feet above sea level in Cuzco), and learning about the salsa style of dance. Some of the students even tried fried guinea pig, a delicacy eaten in Peru during major holidays.

During their time in Cuzco, they also visited a local orphanage for girls and donated supplies, such as toiletries and plastics. This was a life-changing experience for the entire group and they were able to play games with the young girls during their visit.

After her students finished their presentation to the school board, Pierce asked the board for permission to bring a school group to Ecuador next year.

The departure date for the nine-day trip is set for June 15, 2014. Among the many attractions in Ecuador, participants will be able to visit an active volcano, stand on the equator, visit a local school, and take cooking lessons on the cuisine of Ecuador.

She already has 10 students and five adults signed up for the trip to Ecuador, she said, “This trip is not closed. Any students or adults can still apply, even board members.”

The school board unanimously approved the trip. Students have already started making payments on the trip and applications are still available.

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