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Mapleton Air Force JROTC Cadets traveled to Washington, D.C.!

During Spring Break, several Mapleton Air Force JROTC Cadets traveled to Washington, D.C., for a week of building bonds and bringing history to life!  

The long-standing JROTC tradition invites senior cadets who have participated in the program for at least three years to travel to Washington D.C. to discover America’s history and government beyond words and pictures from a text book, and see many of the most iconic sights in the country.

“The most memorable part of this trip was viewing the monuments," one cadet shared in the experience survey. "I feel like I got to experience D.C. and enjoy the sunlight. I also loved the close bonds I built with my friends.”

To qualify, the students also must complete fundraising efforts and several hours of planning to participate. This year, eight cadets took part in the extraordinary trip.

During their visit, the cadets visited more than 40 memorials, including the Lincoln Memorial, the U.S. Capitol Building, the Hallowed Grounds of Arlington, and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial.

Memorial and students“This was not an ordinary trip to Washington, D.C.,” Academy High School chaperone Ms. Pfaff explained. “It was the opportunity to bring learning to life as they connected with the lessons they have learned in Mapleton over their last four years.”

During memorial tours, Ms. Pfaff had students read aloud the engraved messages to let the power of their message resonate on a deeper level.

Thank you to the Mapleton Board of Education and the Mapleton Education Foundation for helping fund this educational experience for our cadets!