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Middlesex band students’ sweet trip to Hershey

The Middlesex High School band members at Gettysburg, Pa.

Nineteen Middlesex High School band students, one chorus student and eight chaperones recently went to Hershey, Pa., on a spring trip.

The students departed on the evening of May 7, and returned on May 10. In between students were treated to the many attractions in Hershey Park. Students learned more than they knew possible about Milton Hershey, the founder of Hersheys Chocolate, and the history of the small town in Pennsylvania, which is actually part of the Derry Township.

Students spent Friday learning about chocolate and the history of Hershey, with events such as a museum tour, and guided trolley tour of the area. Highlights included the Hershey factory and the Milton Hershey School.

Saturday started with an educational behind-the-scenes tour and a 3D experience in Chocolate World, followed by time in the park to ride attractions and see the various musical performances throughout the park, such as a performance where drum line met pop music throughout the last 30 years.

Students rounded out their trip with a stop at Gettysburg, Pa., where they enjoyed a trip through the museum, the cyclorama, and a 2 1/2-hour guided tour that seemed to last only minutes. The tour included several stops, including one at the Virginia Monument. When the knowledgeable tour guide discovered the students were from Virginia, he tailored the tour to show the role Virginians played in the Battle of Gettysburg.

“Throughout the trip students were praised for their polite attitudes and stellar behavior,” said MHS band director Justin Ranson. “The manager at Hoss’s Restaurant stated that it was the nicest large group they’ve had in recent memory and wished all students were as well mannered. Middlesex should be proud to be represented in such a glowing manner.”

posted 05.13.2009

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