Twelve Campion students are nearing the completion of their six-week intensive Spanish course in Spain. As part of the course, students participated in cultural tours to some of the most important current and historical cities in Spain including; Madrid, Segovia, Toledo, Valencia, Peníscula, and Barcelona.
The students visited ancient castles, cathedrals, palaces, and art museums. Joe Philpott commented, “The best part was visiting the different cities and having some time to explore on our own with a monitor (Spanish college student). It’s cool to experience the culture first-hand”.
A trip to an ancient fortress on a peninsula with beautiful beaches was a highlight for many students. “I really liked Peníscula because I learned the castle there was involved in multiple wars, so it has a lot of history. The beaches there were really nice and we had fun swimming and cliff jumping at the base of the castle,” said Lee Beckermeyer.
While the program does involve many trips and fun activities, students also worked hard in Spanish classes. On completion of this course, students receive one year’s worth of college-level Spanish credit, as well as up to two years of high school credit.
Weston Humphries reflected, “This is my first time taking a college level course, and it’s been good for me because it’s shown me time-management outside of high school. I have to make choices sometimes about going to fun activities or getting my work done, instead of basically having my schedule set for me in high school. The course has been difficult, but I’ve learned a lot.”
The students will return home on July 26 and are looking forward to some time to relax and get ready for the upcoming school year at Campion.
Article by Jill Harlow