This past spring Trenton High School Marketing students bussed to New York City via motor coach for a three day student travel experience. Students maintained an ambitious itinerary and visited many of the popular tourist destinations New York City has to offer. Stops included Wall Street, The American Museum of Finance, Chinatown, Times Square, Central Park and the Empire State Building.
A significant memory from the trip was the visit to the 16-acre 9/11 Memorial, where students witnessed the construction of new office buildings as well as the two waterfalls with reflecting pools that serve as the memorials for those whose lives were lost on September 11th. While onsite, students explored, took photographs, reflected and made etchings of the names of family members lost.
Another highlight of the trip was having dinner with former THS marketing student and graduate Angela Antonio. Antonio lives and works in New York City as a Junior Art Director for Saatchi and Saatchi Advertising. Ms. Antonio is a 2007 graduate of THS and spoke to students about seeking internship opportunities and employment in marketing, as well as what it is like to live in New York City.
Other memorable experiences included students finding the names of family members through the database at the Ellis Island Family Center. Several students were able to identify the names, dates and vessels of their family who traveled through Ellis Island.
And, of course, the trip wouldn’t have been complete without shopping in Times Square and Chinatown. Students also experienced their very first Wall Street protest.
As an added bonus, students also were able to witness the Space Shuttle Enterprise being flown into the city atop of a NASA 747 airliner over the Hudson River. Students happened to be visiting The High Line, which is a park constructed atop of a 1.5-mile stretch of abandoned New York City railway. The park, located in the Chelsea District, overlooks the Hudson and served as a memorable backdrop for Enterprise’s final voyage into the Big Apple.