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Beyond the Classroom

GLHS Students Dive into the Heart of New Orleans.

     Embarking on an exciting journey to New Orleans, Louisiana is life-changing. Nineteen Greater Latrobe High School students and two educators will take on NOLA. From January 4 – January 8, 2024, with the expertise and planning of travel agent Jewel Rozanski and chaperones Mrs. Katie Zalewski and Mr. Jeffrey Duda, This carefully planned jam-packed four days in Louisiana promises an immersive and wide view of the history in New Orleans and the culture found in Louisiana. 

Rozanski, from CultureED Travel, and Zalewski created an itinerary guaranteed to display all aspects of New Orleans culture.  The two traveled to New Orleans to get a scope of what they think will be impactful for students to experience. They have been collaborating and planning for over a year to ensure that all nineteen students will get the most out of their trip. 

“I went in 2021 [to New Orleans] with our tour director Jewel and I really had my eyes opened to just how much culture there is. Not even just French culture but how much of a port city it is. It’s a lot like Ellis Island in how many immigrants come through there… It was a huge realization. It really just caught my eye, and I’m so glad that I went there [ahead of time]. I knew I needed to bring students,” said Mrs. Zalewski. 

New Orleans geographically is a historically and militarily important location, being a coastal city. New Orleans is a melting pot of culture. A tour through the National World War Two Museum and a four-dimensional viewing of the movie Beyond All Boundaries made the itinerary. Students will also have a guided tour through the Cabildo – the building where the Louisiana Purchase was signed. 

For the students attending this trip who prefer art and architecture over war history, part of the trip includes tours through the New Orleans Museum of Art along with a few hours to explore Mardi Gras World. There they will be able to see many of the floats seen in Mardi Gras parades in previous years. 

For students who enjoy the sight of impressive and historical architecture an hour and a half of the trip has been dedicated to seeing the Presbytere, an architecturally important aspect of the French corridor of New Orleans. 

“I am excited to see the St. Louis Cathedral and get to see its architecture,” said senior Jianna Kaczmarkiewicz. Jianna is hoping to go to college to study architecture, so this is a great opportunity for her. 

“I’ve been working on this with Jewel for about a year and a half, and the most exciting part is just figuring out what all we want to pack into our four days. We want to be educational but still make it fun and see a variety of things – a balance not just all museums and not all just walking around, trying to mix it up and keep it interesting. Doing the World War Two Museum and a museum of modern art, but then get us out like at the plantation and experiencing hands-on sorts of things,” said Zalewski.  

“I couldn’t possibly choose a day I’m most looking forward to, because I’m so excited,” said Jiannia Kaczmarkiewicz

In gearing up for the New Orleans adventure, attention turns to the core reasoning behind the planning and traveling of this trip. The focus turns to what makes being in a place full of history and culture so special, emphasizing the importance of genuine experiences. 

“There is so much more than just a paper or a video. Actually being there, in person, really brings it alive and helps you to make connections, and meet people living in different places. Experiencing things outside of the classroom, I think is an amazing opportunity and I wish I could do it with everybody,” said Mrs. Zalewski  

“I thought it was a fun opportunity, so might as well take advantage of it,” said Kaczmarkiewicz. 

As the group gets ready to explore Louisiana, the focus on simplicity and collecting everlasting memories sets the tone for the extraordinary adventure these students and chaperones are about to partake in.

This meticulously planned New Orleans expedition exploring Louisiana’s history and culture will be an immersive experience for all nineteen students that will bring to life what these students are learning with paper and pencil in the classroom. 

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Karlee Clark
Karlee Clark, Staff Writer
Karlee Clark, a Sophomore and a brand new member of the High Post staff. She joined staff to further her love of writing and also looks forward to the opportunities that come with being a staff member. Her main hobbies include music, reading, writing, and leadership. She is a member of the Greater Latrobe chamber choir, wind ensemble, treble ensemble, pep band, and drama club where she participates in the spring musicals every year, she shares her love of music and performing with the people she loves through things like, shows, concerts, and caberts. She is also a defensive specialist for the Greater Latrobe JV Volleyball team, she adores the team aspect and the inside jokes and fun times she shares with her team. Her main passion in life is leadership, she displays this through participation in the lighthouse leadership team where she collaborates with peers to make a difference in her school community. She was a teacher nominated member of the Future Ready Leaders Team, she has also been a student council representative since elementary school. This year she had been granted the opportunity to hold an officer position in student council as head manager of the Greater Latrobe Student Store.  She also loves to learn new things, she loves to read both fictional novels and nonfiction articles as much as she can in her little free time. But also furthers her knowledge of the environment as an active member of the Envirothon team. As active and busy she is in her school she is no stranger to her community and jumps on any opportunity to volunteer and make herself useful as a leader in her neighborhood. One of her favorite clubs at Greater Latrobe High School is the forensics team. Commonly known as Speech and Debate Karlee loves every aspect of what the forensics team does. As a freshman she competed all year with a persuasive essay that she held close to her heart and that meant alot to her, in mid march she qualified for the State competition and had an amazing time, she made many friends and built strong relationships with many people. This year she is switching to competing in the poetry category and is hopeful to make it just as far if not further in the State competition with her selected poetry arrangement.

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