Lincoln-Way Students Took Educational Trip to England and Spain
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

More than 40 students across Lincoln-Ways four high schools traveled to England and Spain for eleven days during spring break. The cross-cultural tour provided historical insight into authors William Shakespeare of England and Miguel de Cervantes of Spain.

Our trip was packed full with cultural experiences, historical landmarks, traditional English and Spanish cuisine, and educational lessons about some of the worlds most famous authors, said Linda Egnatz, Spanish teacher at Lincoln-Way North and sponsor of the Spanish Honor Society. Students created lasting memories and received a first-hand look at countries that most of our students had never before visited.
During the trip, students visited Shakespeares home, Stratford-on-Avon and several cities in Castilla-la-Mancha where Cervantes lived and where his character Don Quixote traveled.
Students observed some royal traditions including the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, the royal fashion at Kensington Palace, and enjoyed a visit to Segovias Alcazar and Madrids Royal Palace in Spain. A cricket lesson at Lords Cricket Ground in London, a play in London, a flamenco show in Madrid, and a bullfighting lesson in Spain were also part of the fun.

"Being able to use what I learned in class with native speakers was a unique experience and was helpful in my understanding of the Spanish language," said Lincoln-Way North student Patrick McGuire.

Other trip highlights included a visit to Oxford to see the University and Harry Potter film sites, and a visit to Toledo, Spain, once the home to the world's first university for translators and still known for its famous swords.
In London, students visited Sherlock Holme's address and walked across Abbey Road. In Madrid, some students found Ernest Hemmingway's favorite restaurant and all saw the city by teleferico cable cars.
Students did a scavenger hunt in London's Covent Garden and visited the National Gallery of Art. In Spain, the scavenger hunt took place in Madrid's Prado Art Museum.
Chaperones included Brooke Vesely (World Languages), Alexandra Marquez (ELL), Patrick Leonard (Social Studies), Elizabeth Conroy (Science) and Renae Goldie, Associate Principal at Lincoln-Way North.

Egnatz is the 2014 ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) National Language Teacher of the Year and has coordinated 12 Spring break tours to a variety of countries, including Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, Argentina, Italy, and France.

During the tours, students have participated in a variety of community service projects, including bringing school supplies to students in Latin America, planting trees, painting schools and community centers, organizing sports activities for children, and serving as math tutors for children in Panamas Embera indigenous community.

Enrollment is open for next years Spanish student tour to Peru, which will include visits to Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca.

Students who went on the trip include Ashley Alcantar, Dorian Aluyi, Luis Aragon, Alexandra Bosco, Nicholas Burgio, Caroline Collins, Bailey Doyle, Taylor Doyle, Moriah Gaines, Natalie Gandy, Kaitlyn Glidewell, Magdalena Gonzalez, Miranda Gonazalez, Lilibeth Guzman, McClaren Hipp, Hannah Hunter, Violet Kuchta, Payton Lang, John Laschober, Luke Laschober, Jacqueline Lenz, Leah McDonald, Jack McGuire, Patrick McGuire, Jacob McNulty, Ryan Meade, Dylan Murphy, Alyssa Murray, Kaileigh Nelson, Dominic Novelli, Jessica Phillips, Jessica Pompei, Jessica Posch, Alyiah Pratscher, Olivia Ramirez, Sarah Richardson, Leah Seielstad, Samantha Simons, Sydney Smith, Madeline Springgate, Sara Tam, Clare Walsh, Samantha Wilp, and Mallory Winter.