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SGI seniors explore Pittsburgh on class trip

Photo by Alex Simmons The Springville-Griffith Institute Class of 2020 traveled to Pittsburgh, Pa., last weekend for their senior trip.

Photo by Alex Simmons
The Springville-Griffith Institute Class of 2020 traveled to Pittsburgh, Pa., last weekend for their senior trip.

By Alex Simmons

The Springville-Griffith Institute Class of 2020 traveled to Pittsburgh, Pa. this past weekend for their senior trip.

The students started the trip with a stop at the Strip District. This district was lined with loads of shops and vendors, which made for a perfect place to get souvenirs. There was every sort of merchandise you were looking for, along with places to eat.

From there, the seniors visited the Carnegie Science Center. This museum was filled with many exhibits, including robots, how the human body works and more.

They then loaded the buses and headed towards PNC Park to catch the Pirates baseball game. While walking through the front gate, each student received a free bobblehead of Hall of Famer Steve Blass, who gave a speech before the game began.The game was held back for about an hour due to a downpour.

The next morning, the seniors departed for Laurel Caverns. The ceilings of the cavern reached from 10, 20 or even 50 feet high. Laurel Caverns is a “435 acre privately owned geological preserve,” according to their website. The tour of the cave took about an hour, including a light show at the end. The Caverns were gorgeously lit by different colored lights, giving it more of a friendly and inviting feel.

After the cave walk, the students had lunch on their own in Uniontown and then departed for Nemacolin Woodlands Resort. At Nemacolin, each student had the choice to do activities like a ropes course, putt-putt, a climbing wall or ziplining.

After hours of activities, the seniors checked into the townhouses and got ready for the dinner dance at the resort. The dinner dance consisted of dinner, cooked by the chefs of the resort, and music requested by the students.

On the final day, the students departed for Ohiopyle White Water Rafting. The rafting took around five hours to fully complete with a stop for lunch in between. Upon arrival, it was pouring, so the students got soaked before starting out on their white water rafting excursion where they continuously tipped the rafts or even fell out. Some had the luck of staying in their raft, while others weren’t as lucky. One raft had completely capsized.

The final day ended with a visit to Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Falling Water.” The students were split into groups to explore the 1930s home which displayed the architectural styles of Frank Lloyd Wright, mostly abstract.

The house, at the time it was built, was worth $150,000. Today it’s estimated to be worth $2.2 million. The tour ended with the classic view of the home, the most famous picture of the architectural masterpiece.

The students arrived home late Monday night, tired but excited about the experience they had on this adventure with their fellow seniors of the Class of 2020.

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