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Lakeridge students headed to Picasso's country

Biggest group yet will participate in biennial Spanish class trip to see the sights of Seville

REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Lakeridge adventurers off to see Spain include (from left) junior Harper Eveleth, junior Riley Broderick, junior Chase McCann, teacher Isabel Woodward and junior Adam Faris.Some 28 students will be participating this year in Lakeridge High School’s biennial trip to a Spanish-speaking country.

Lakeridge teacher Isabel Woodward said it’s the biggest trip ever in the world language department, with the number of students nearly twice that of the 16 who participated in the 2013 trip to southern Spain.

“I don’t know if it was the (upswing in) the economy, but I’m happily surprised,” Woodward said.

During their three-week sojourn in Spain this summer, students will attend 100-percent Spanish language classes in the mornings at the CLIC School (Centro de Lenguas e Intercambio Cultural) in Seville. They will live with host families and take weekend excursions to Cadiz, Granada, Cordoba, local beaches and Madrid.

Woodward said it will benefit students to spend time in the country where the Spanish language was born. Students will be immersed in culture: trying their hand at cooking Spanish food, watching flamenco dancing, kayaking on the Guadalquivir River in Seville and viewing famous artwork.

“I don’t know how excited they will be to see a Picasso at this age, but later in life, they’ll say, ‘That’s amazing,’” Woodward said. “There’s so much history” in Spain. “We’re very tucked away in the Northwest.”

Woodward is even taking her own children, ages 15 and 13, and there will be three chaperones.

A Lakeridge teacher started the trips with a Costa Rica visit in 2006. Since then, they’ve been a sought-after educational adventure. Students must come up with $4,500 for this year’s trip, which is scheduled from June 13 to July 6.

Local students’ reasons for participating vary from wanderlust to a fascination with CLIC.

“Just being able to be a part of a different culture and seeing the world from a different point of view was one of the reasons I wanted to go, and with some of my best friends,” said Chase McCann, a junior.

Junior Adam Faris said he is excited to hit the beach, and he’s also interested in CLIC’s international student body.

“There’s people from all over the world going there to learn Spanish,” he said.

Junior Harper Eveleth also is looking forward to the CLIC classes and spending “time with the (host) family and doing what they do and experiencing their traditions.”

Junior Riley Broderick is most interested in new sights and experiences. “The different architecture, the different food, the different culture, the night life — it’s so different than the U.S.,” he said.

The students will fly away to their educational tour three days after the last day of school. “We’re going to be done with finals and get on a plane and go,” Eveleth said.

By Jillian Daley
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