By: Kennedy Cook
LO’T News Editor
As the 2018-2019 school year wraps up, students are growing more eager to head into their summer plans. Taking field trips has been the perfect school away from school for a great deal of MHS students these past few months. First, the Line O’Type and “M” Yearbook staffs attended the CSPA journalism conference in New York City to expand horizons and gather new information to improve our publications. Besides attending the conference in the mornings, students explored the sights and scenes of the Big Apple. Some attractions they saw include: Times Square, Broadway, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the 9/11 memorial, and many more. They also were given the opportunity to listen and get insight from Parkland School students and faculty in response to the school shooting that occurred this Valentine’s Day. Next, MHS history buffs took a trip to the First Division Museum at Cantigny in Wheaton, IL. Students explored the museum, which depicted the actions of the 1st Infantry Division in many wars.
They participated in interactive activities in hopes of getting a better understanding of how the division operates. After attending this field trip, our MHS History Club was named one of the top ten history clubs in the nation!
Soon after this trip, a few hand selected MHS had the opportunity to discuss the issues that students in our area face and ways to solve them. The students talked to other hi
gh schoolers in our area along with a few John Deere employees. A presentation was also given to inform students on civil rights and how the students can make a difference in their communities. One important topic talked about was the walkouts for gun violence, comparing these to similar walkouts in the 50s and 60s that led to integration in schools. A week after this trip, the Physics 2 class went to Six Flags to research the physics behind roller coasters. To do so, the students rode tons of roller coasters and had fun while still applying what they have learned all year. Finally, the last big field that was taken was to a Fearlessly Girl summit at Hamilton Elementary School. A group of senior girls were paired with a John Deere Middle School girl to lead 8 to 10 elementary schoolers. The point of this trip was to discuss and relieve the stress of being a girl living in this modern society and how to overcome some of those fears and struggles. One important aspect that was highlighted was that most girls are going through the same things and are not alone. Overall, the end of the year is near and our students have taken time out of their busy class schedules to enhance learning, help the community, and just get away from the stress of the everyday school routine.