Capitol trip a thrill for Seaman
Baldwin Junior High School seventh grader Krista Seaman enjoyed six days in Washington D.C. as she took part in the People to People World Leadership Forum.
"It was pretty fun, but I did get sick while I was there," Seaman said. "It was fun to see all the sites and stuff."
Seaman's trip took place from March 7-13. During the six days she was there, she saw many tourists sites and historical landmarks in the Washington D.C. area.
"We focused on leadership, but I learned a lot about history while I was there," Seaman said.
After visiting the sites, the students returned to the hotel to participate in discussions and answer questions. The discussions were usually about the leadership of a person that was recognized at the site.
Every night the students were required to hand in answers about the places they visited and discussed. Seaman said it was to make sure they were paying attention.
Seaman said most days she was there, she had to wake up at 6 a.m. and eat breakfast at 7 a.m. Then the students would leave at 8 a.m. for a site. At the end of the day, they would return to the hotel between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. to have discussions.
Seaman said she had to wake up at 5 a.m. one morning, so they could go to colonial Williamsburg.
The sites that Seaman visited included the Vietnam War and World War II Memorials, Smithsonian, National Historic Museum, Air and Space Museum, Holocaust Museum, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial and some battlefields.
The Holocaust Museum really interested Seaman.
"I have gotten into learning about the Holocaust since sixth grade," Seaman said. "It was cool to see what my teacher was talking about."
Seaman also said she learned that the Vietnam War Memorial is built the way it is, because it represents a "scar in the Earth."
Seaman said she was unable to visit the Washington Monument, because a fence was being built around it.
This was not the first time Seaman had been to Washington D.C. or not been able to visit the Washington Monument.
Seaman visited her aunt in Washington D.C. before. While she was there, the Washington Monument was closed for construction.
Seaman said the leadership she learned about could help her when it comes to basketball.
"I am the point guard on the basketball team, and now I have the point of view on being a leader," Seaman said.
While on the trip, Seaman made a few friends.
"I've met a lot of people, and I've been keeping in touch with them," Seaman said.
Seaman's mother, Bennette, said the trip will benefit her daughter in her education.
"I think she really benefited from it, but maybe not as much as she knows now," Seaman said. "She will get much more out of her education from doing this."
To be accepted for the trip, Seaman had to be recommended from a teacher. Seaman's sixth grade science and social studies teacher, Bench Currie, nominated her and other students for the trip.
BJHS Social Studies teacher Eric Toot said Seaman will benefit from the trip.
"I think it's a great experience for her," Toot said. "Krista is someone who is highly skilled academically, so it will only help her as a student."
Seaman said she enjoyed the leadership trip, she is considering taking another People to People trip.
"The program has different camps during the school year, and they have one in Europe I might go to."