Nineteen Armstrong Spanish students and one Cooper Spanish student traveled to Spain March 26 to April 6 along with Spanish teachers Mark Mertens and Lisa Norrbohm Jones. In addition to Madrid, students visited Segovia, Toledo, Sevilla, Granada and Malaga.
“We ate cochinillo asado, watched flamenco dancing, toured the Real Madrid soccer stadium, danced in a teenage discoteca, played basketball with some Madrilenos, and went to the various museums,” Mertens said. “Students stayed with host families in Sevilla, where it was Semana Santa, or Holy Week. They were able to watch and/or participate in Procesiones, which are ‘parades’ of sort,some up to 12 hours long. This was a pretty unique experience.”
Students on the trip included Alexis Babos (grade 11), Chase Beaty (12, from Cooper High School), Hunter Bellcour (12), Rebeccah Davison (10), Liz Donnelly (11), Natalie Dutton (12), Markus Farr (12), Carolina Jauregui (12), Lathan Jerde (11), Sarah Jewett (11), Ellen Johnson (12), Ben Kaufmann (12), Jordan Kuznia (12), Brian Li (12), Hunter Link (11), Amy Master (12), Laura Mayer (12), Pierce Nelson (12), Emily Roth (11) and Kelsey Sather (12).