ICHS students travel to Paris

WINTERSVILLE – According to Indian Creek High School history teacher Jonathan Hoover, the City of Lights is the center of many artistic, cultural and philosophical movements.

Hoover had the chance to experience that for himself when he traveled to Paris with a group of ICHS students from Jan. 30 to Feb. 12.

“Members of the AP European history class are the main core of students that take the trip,” he explained. “The history and art that is their museums is amazing. We can bring to life the history that we are talking about in our classes.”

The group was comprised of sophomores, juniors and seniors as well as parent chaperones and a few alumni members.

“This year we had enough people that we had to take two trips,” Hoover said. “Former history teacher John Minor and I traveled over with the first group of students. We showed them the sights of Paris for the week and they traveled home with the chaperones. The second group traveled to Paris with their chaperones and we met them at the airport upon their arrival. So, the two of us spent two weeks in Paris.”

Minor has been taking students to Paris since 1979, Hoover noted.

“He organizes the entire trip on his own, from working with the airlines, the hotels, and shuttle services to get this trip together,” he explained.

Hoover took the reigns of the European history class this year and wanted to continue Minor’s tradition of traveling to Paris.

“I ask Mr. Minor last school year if he could show me how to do everything so I could continue the trip,” he noted.

According to Hoover, the first day of the trip included taking the metro to L’Opera to convert money to Euro’s as well as visiting Notre Dame Cathedral, the Hotel de Ville, Pompidue Centre, Montemartre and the Sacre Couer. The second day was spent touring the D’Orsay and the Lourve museums and going to the top of the Arc de Triumphe. The catacombs, the sewers and a visit to the Eiffel Tower were scheduled for the third day and the group spent the fourth day at the Palace at Versaille as well as walking the streets near the old Jewish section of the city. The last day was spent roaming through the shopping districts and having dinner together.

“The students are responsible for their meals each day,” Hoover stated. “They are not allowed to eat at any American restaurants. This forces them to interact with the French and try French foods.”

The total price of the trip this year was $1,450 and included flight, hotel, shuttle to the hotel, tickets to top of Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triumphe, down into the Catacombs and into the Sewers (Les Neuf Soeurs). Each student was required to pay his or her own way, Hoover noted.

Hoover said that the students love the trip and really appreciate the experience.

“It is a culture shock at first but it opens their eyes to other cultures and teaches them that other countries do things differently,” he explained. “We are taking them from rural Wintersville, Ohio, to one of the biggest cities in Europe. They loved talking to the people, shopping and trying new things. The trip is very well received.”

“Next year I will be in charge of organizing the entire trip,” Hoover added. “I am really excited by this opportunity and look forward to putting my own ideas into the trip. One of which is to visit a French high school.”