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Students from Westwood College take a trip to New York

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: March 31, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

  • Students from schools in Leek enjoying their trip across the Atlantic to New York.

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Students from Leek have embarked on a cultural visit to 'The Big Apple'.

Last month, a group of 40 Sixth Form students from Leek, accompanied by five members of staff, travelled to New York to appreciate life in 'the city that never sleeps'.

Previously an annual trip for students from the Westwood College Sixth Form, this is the first time the trip has taken place across the Leek Federation, with students from both Leek High School and Westwood College uniting to share the cultural visit.

The group journeyed from museums to movie locations, and explored famous sights and hidden treasures.

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The itinerary ensured an exhilarating student experience.

The visit took place during one of New York's longest and coldest winters to date.

Trip organiser Dan Owen said: "This is the eighth year that this trip has been taken and it is fantastic to be able to extend this opportunity to more young people in Leek, offering it across the Federation.

"One of the highlights of the trip for me was making our way over the Brooklyn Bridge.

"We made it to the centre of the Bridge just in time to turn around and watch the sun set behind the Manhattan skyline; the Statue of Liberty silhouetted perfectly against the setting sun.

"Luckily for me we had a number of budding young photographers in the group. I can't wait to see some of the shots that they have taken."

Part of the trip was a visit to Ground Zero, the site of the World Trade Center in Manhattan, destroyed by terrorists on September 11, 2001, killing almost 3,000 people. Mr Owen added: "Something that I always find very poignant is the visit to the Ground Zero memorial site.

"The students often find this site a very emotional place and it really helps to put the tragedy into perspective for a lot of people who may have been too young to really understand what was going on when it happened.

"I would like to thank Katie Ackerley, Gill Baker, Tom Edwards and Janet Stoddard for all of their help running the trip, and I am already looking at how we can make next year's visit even better." The success of this visit has already generated much interest among current Year 12 students who are eagerly anticipating next year's trip.

A total of 60 further students from Leek are set to travel across the Atlantic to experience 'The Big Apple' for themselves.

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