Forty-nine seniors of Western Reserve High School went on a class trip to New York City. In the Big Apple, the class of 2007 had the opportunity to do many different things.
They arrived March 28 and the group was dropped off near the outside set of the "Today Show." There, they waited patiently in anticipation of getting on national television. The seniors made signs to be displayed on the show. The moment of glory came when the news anchor stopped by a part of the group and they appeared on national television.
After the "Today Show," the students went on a tour of NBC studios, where they learned how some of the most popular television shows were produced. The group had the opportunity to walk around downtown New York City before meeting up to check into La Quinta Suites. They ate dinner at Mars 2112 and later went 86 floors up on the Empire State Building and spent time in Times Square.
"The first day in New York was really exciting because we were all on TV," said senior Courtney Palmer. "I got my picture taken with the weather guy."
On the second day they went on a tour of New York City, saw the sights of Ground Zero and Central Park. Then, it was off to Chinatown. Learning how to bargain for their prices, the class spent most of their afternoon there along with lunch at Greenwich Village. After dinner at Puglios Italian, they headed to Broadway to watch "Beauty and the Beast," the musical.
"Broadway was very interesting," said senior Frank Medina. "I never thought I would like a play until I saw this one."
Their last morning there, the fairy to Ellis Island it was. On the way, they got to see the Statue of Liberty up close. After touring around Ellis Island, it was back on the bus to head home with their bus driver who calls himself Bulldog Puppy. The trip was two nights and three days.