All of our COMPACT high school students are invited to compete in a year-long contest with the prize being an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. Eighteen special achieving students representing four high schools traveled to Washington, D.C. June 9 through June 13, 2012 for five educational and culturally enriching days spent visiting the city’s sites, attending uplifting meetings and gaining new experiences with friends new and old.
The highlight of the trip was our annual two-plus hour dialogue with Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas. Justice Thomas opened his doors to meet and greet our students. He shared an inspirational talk and encouraged each of them to continue to excel in their studies and to follow their dreams.
This year’s trip included a special Sunday brunch at the Officers’ Club at Bolling Air Force Base. Students also enjoyed a private dance production by the dance company Wheel Productions, a performance group of the dance school, A Dance Place.
Our itinerary also included a tour of the White House, and visits to the Smithsonian Museums, the Arlington National Cemetery, and Ford’s Theater. In addition to visiting the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, students also toured the Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln Memorials. Of course, all of the memorials and monuments celebrating the sacrifices made by the service men and women from World War II, Korea and Vietnam were awe inspiring!