What a team! You already saw that the Washington team left DC with an unprecedented number of medals, but more than that, this was a FANTASTIC group. All the kids, teachers, and families were a true pleasure to have along. That sounds like something I'm just saying, but really, this group was the BEST. Fun, good-spirited, smart, enthusiastic, and unparalleled button-traders. What more can you ask for?
Our Wednesday tradition is the Multimedia Festival, where students present their documentaries and performances in a casual setting (usually in pajamas, often without sets, etc.)
A banana is a good stand-in for a sextant. Who knew?
Wednesday was Austin's 16th birthday, so his schoolmates gave him this shirt! And made him wear it! :)
Lauren & I got Austin this pretty sash and a tiny red sports car. It was Nancy's birthday too, so we got her a tiara and a stress-ball (for use during the awards ceremony).
"This presentation is brought to you by the number 3 and the letter B, the letter C, and the letter H." (Finalists--and 12th place finishers--Brittany, Cassie, & Hayley perform.)
After the presentations, several students helped get the orcas ready for Thursday's Parade of States.
Yes, girls, that's you!
Emily & Maddy won the special award for immigration history.
PBS Teacher of Merit Winner Tricia Billes can really carry off a tiara. (We gave it to her Wednesday night.)
Yes Nathan, you won a silver medal!
... but does it get any better than this? Seriously guys, come back again! Next year's theme is a GREAT one!
History Day Helper & Paparazzo
(Photo DVDs of the trip available by e-mailing me: firstname.lastname@example.org)