June 11, 2018
School of the Ozarks junior class travels to the District of Columbia, Virginia, New York, Pennsylvania School of the Ozarks juniors visit Mount Vermon during the 2018 S of O junior class trip. The group traveled from May 22 – June 1 and visited sites in the District of Columbia, Virginia, Philadelphia, and New York.
School of the Ozarks juniors Lizzie Gates and Morgan Lundeen read a letter left at the Vietnam Wall on Memorial Day. During the School of the Ozarks 10-day academic and history-based junior class trip, students visited three states and the District of Columbia.
POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — School of the Ozarks juniors visited three states and the District of Columbia during the junior class trip for 2018.
The group traveled from May 22 – June 1. During the 10-day academic and history-based adventure, students visited sites in the District of Columbia, Virginia, New York, and Philadelphia.
“This trip is beneficial to our students due to the fact that they are immersed in the culture of each individual city as well as being immersed in the Christian heritage of our country,” said Dr. Abbey Vogt, S of O associate professor of social studies. “The history our students came face to face with was an incredible learning and life-changing opportunity, one I am not able to provide in a classroom.”
In Washington, D.C., students visited the White House, U.S. Capitol Building, National Archives, the Pentagon, Mt. Vernon, Holocaust Museum, Museum of the Bible, Library of Congress, Arlington National Cemetery, the Supreme Court, the National Mall, and Arlington National Cemetery.
In Virginia, students visited Monticello, the primary plantation of Thomas Jefferson; Montpelier, the plantation of James Madison; Jamestown, the first permanent Protestant English settlement; Williamsburg, the Cradle of the Republic; and Yorktown, the site of the final surrender of the British.
In New York, students visited the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, United Nations, the New York Stock Exchange, the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Times Square, Central Park, and the Empire State Building.
“One of my favorite spots to visit was the National September 11 Memorial and Museum,” said Abigail Mutrux, School of the Ozarks junior. “The personal stories, artifacts, and videos from the event made the tragedies of September 11, 2001, more personal to me than it had been before and helped me understand its impact on the workers and first responders.”
In Pennsylvania, students visited the first U.S. Supreme Court, the Declaration House, Ben Franklin’s Press, Independence Hall, Old Congress Hall, and The Liberty Bell Center.
“This year’s trip included some tours that previous juniors have not been able to enjoy. It is such a blessing to have College of the Ozarks alumni in key positions that helped us to get a White House tour, a Pentagon tour, and a tour of the brand new Museum of the Bible,” said Brad Dolloff, dean of School of the Ozarks. “I am also very grateful to Dr. Abbey Vogt for all of the time and effort she put into planning this trip.”
“This trip taught me to visualize what our founding fathers, and the commonwealth, were attempting to accomplish,” said Jackson Bliss, School of the Ozarks junior. “Visiting the crucial landscapes in the founding of this country — the cities in those landscapes, the buildings in those cities, the simple idea of just being in the area — put history into perspective.”
About College of the Ozarks
College of the Ozarks is a private, Christian, liberal arts college, located in Point Lookout, Missouri, on a 1,000-acre campus. Christian values, hard work, and financial responsibility comprise the fundamental building blocks of the “Hard Work U.” experience. The College earns numerous accolades yearly, including No. 1 Best Value Regional College in the Midwest and No. 1 Most Innovative School in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for 2018. To achieve its vision, the College pursues academic, vocational, Christian, patriotic, and cultural goals. These goals are mirrored in School of the Ozarks, a laboratory school that completes the K-college model.
The Keeter Center — the College’s award-winning lodge, restaurant, and conference facility — was ranked a Top Small Hotel in the U.S. by TripAdvisor for 2018. It features historic lodging, fine dining, and meeting rooms. With more than 350 student workers, it is the largest work station on campus. Follow College of the Ozarks at www.facebook.com/collegeoftheozarks or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.
06.11.18 – Lauren Presley