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A group of 24 Los Alamos High graduates will embark on an educational tour of Europe from June 13 through June 25.
The group will be led by Lynn Ovaska, local AP Psych teacher, and also chaperoned by Rob and Kathy Hipwood and Eric Ovaska.
The 13-day tour will take them to Berlin, Prague, Lucerne and Paris.
“Our young leaders will learn through the power of visiting actual historical sites, including the concentration camp Dachau. Local guides will give them behind-the-scenes tours of cities and their most famous landmarks, such as Checkpoint Charlie and the Louvre.
The students will also celebrate their graduation along the way with one evening of Swiss food and folklore, and another evening in Paris floating down the Seine,” Ovaska said.
The members of this group include musicians, athletes, artists, active church members, lifelong friends, and good neighbors.
“Educational travel is a valuable experience for living in our global economy. By witnessing new cultures first-hand and experiencing history that is usually learned in textbooks, they plan to strengthen their skills as global citizens,” Ovaska said.
Last summer, Ovaska traveled with a dozen 2012 seniors to help forge the way for more Los Alamos students to travel. The 2013 group planned this year’s trip and has received commitment from members of the community.
Because of the entire Los Alamos citizen’s support with the Europe 2013 fundraisers, the students are willing to give back. After they return from Europe and before they leave for college, Europe 2013 seniors are willing to stop by local organizations to share what they have learned. Contact Ovaska directly to arrange a presentation: firstname.lastname@example.org.
A trip for one individual costs $4,000 and donations are appreciated.
Checks can be made out to: EUROPE 2013: Student Travel Fund and can be deposited directly into account 01-424637-01 at Los Alamos National Bank.
Ovaska always wanted to lead young adults on educational trips because of her own experience traveling to Europe with her favorite high school English teacher over 25 years ago.
After her trip, she better appreciated lessons in future classes and had life skills to explore the world. Her favorite teacher, Mrs. Heyerdahl, continued to travel with her students for over 30 years and is happy to see her legacy continue with Ovaska sharing the world with her own students.