History, Politics, Archaeology and Classical Civilisation students from Priestley College visited the Smithsonian and the Lincoln Memorial during a whistle-stop tour of Washington and New York.
“Seeing the House of Representatives was great,” said Greg Horne, a former pupil at Lymm High School.
“We have just finished studying Congress in Politics and to get the chance to view the chamber really helped illustrate what we’d learned in class.”
The residential took in sights relevant to the students’ courses including a guided tour of the House of Representatives, a trip to the Museum of American History and the Martin Luther King Memorial.
There were also stops at the White House, Time Square and the Empire State Building.
The majority of the residential, though, was focused on 20th Century American History as well as giving those interested in politics the chance to soak up the American presidential election campaign.
For many the highlight was the time spent in The Smithsonian.
Founded in 1846, it is the world’s largest museum and research complex, consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research facilities.
“The students didn’t waste a minute of their time in The Smithsonian,” said Tutor Oliver Lister. “There was so much to see and a lot of interaction, which made it a great place to visit.”