Each year, the international students anticipate Thanksgiving break with great excitement because it marks the first long trip of their year at Everest. This year the girls went to New York City, and the boys went to Chicago. Two of the program’s deans, Miss Ana Sofia Cardona and Mr. Luis Lucini, shared the experience the students had.

Girls Program

“After a long bus ride which included singing on the top of their longs and a mini-movie marathon, we arrived in Jersey City on Wednesday night. On Thanksgiving morning, we joyfully endured the cold while watching the traditional Macy’s Parade where the girls spotted some of their favorite celebrities including Ashley Tisdale, Rita Ora, Mackenzie Ziegler, and Johnny Orlando. Some shopping time in Colombus Circle, a walk around the park and pictures at the steps of the Met followed.

Black Friday began with none other than the Radio City Rockettes and their legendary Christmas Spectacular. Following the shop, walking around Mid Town took us to the Love Sculpture and several other landmarks for great pictures. In the evening we rode the train down to the Brooklyn Bridge to see the full moon lit skyline for some amazing pics.

Saturday included a tour underground for an experience of humanity at the 9/11 memorial where the girls learned of what happened on that terrible day that took place before they were born! After being below the ground we went up high to the top of

the Empire State Building to get a good view of all of the Big Apple. The cherry on the cake was our visit to Times Square and its never ending lights. Our grand finale was the glory of St. Patrick’s cathedral where we attended Christ the King Mass, core of our Regnum Christi spirituality. Sunday brought more singing, more movies, and 18 joyful hearts filled with new memories that will be forever cherished.”

Boys Program

“We woke up early in the morning on Wednesday and headed to Flint to take the Amtrak train to Chicago. We arrived at Union Station and took the “L” train to drop our suitcases to the hotel. We kicked off the trip with famous Chicago style hotdogs at Portillo’s. We headed to the Field Museum and finished the day walking around Millennium Park.

On Thanksgiving Day, we started the day with Mass at the Holy Name Cathedral, and after a quick breakfast we went to experience the Chicago Thanksgiving parade.  Another highlight of the day was a visit the birthplace of deep-dish pizza at Pizzeria Due.

On Friday, we ventured to the 103th floor of the Willis Tower Skydeck, and we visited the Museum of Science and Industry. Some of the boys couldn’t believe the submarine inside the museum was real. We closed the day by going to Navy Pier and having dinner at Bubba Gump’s.

On Saturday we went to the Adler Planetarium and some time for shopping along the Magnificent Mile. We closed the trip on Sunday going to Mass and having lunch at Giordano’s before getting on the bus to head back to Clarkston. Until the next time, Chicago.”