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Ticonderoga group tours Grand Canyon

Students, adults make western trek

The Ticonderoga travel group stops for a photo before entering Grand Canyon National Park.  Pictured are  Michaela Baker, Shelby Turner, Rachel Scuderi, Tiffani Purkey, Skyler Torrey, Kaitlin Diskin, Katie Palandrani, Jaelyn Granger, Jesse Wilson, Lexi Moore, Ashley Trudeau, Nicole Trudeau, Naomi Forkas, Eric Nielsen, Michael Graney, Jay Hebert, Julie Hebert, Dale Quesnel, Dalton Huestis, Josie Worley, Michael Watts, Haley Kuhl and David Bevins.

The Ticonderoga travel group stops for a photo before entering Grand Canyon National Park.  Pictured are  Michaela Baker, Shelby Turner, Rachel Scuderi, Tiffani Purkey, Skyler Torrey, Kaitlin Diskin, Katie Palandrani, Jaelyn Granger, Jesse Wilson, Lexi Moore, Ashley Trudeau, Nicole Trudeau, Naomi Forkas, Eric Nielsen, Michael Graney, Jay Hebert, Julie Hebert, Dale Quesnel, Dalton Huestis, Josie Worley, Michael Watts, Haley Kuhl and David Bevins.

— A group of Ticonderoga students and adults made a trip through the western U.S. during the school’s April break. While it was a vacation, there was little time to rest.

“It was an adventure we will not soon forget,” said Maria Bagneschi, who led 26 people on the educational tour of southern California, Nevada and Arizona.

The trek began with a Los Angeles tour, included the Hollywood Bowl, Madam Tussaud’s Wax Museum, the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Grauman’s Chinese Theater, the Hollywood Sign and the Griffith Observatory.  

Easter Sunday was spent at Universal Studios.  

“Everyone loved the studio tour, the Transformers 3D ride and the Jurassic Park ride,” Bagneschi said.

Ti Ticonderoga crew then went to Las Vegas, where they saw the Blue Man Group, before taking a river float trip from the base of the Hoover Dam down the Colorado River.  They visited the Lowell Observatory and spent a full day at Grand Canyon National Park. There the group walked between four and seven miles long the south rim.  

The trip concluded with a stop to see the red rocks of Sedona, Ariz., en route to the final destination of Phoenix.  

Making the trip with Bagneschi were Michaela Baker, David Bevins, Jennee Darragh, Kaitlin Diskin, Mike Diskin, Naomi Forkas, Michael Graney, Jaelyn Granger, Jay Hebert, Julie Hebert. Dalton Huestis, Haley Kuhl, Lexi Moore, Eric Nielsen, Katie Palandrani, Tiffani Purkey, Dale Quesnel, Rachel Scuderi, Skyler Torrey, Ashley Trudeau, Nicole Trudeau, Shelby Turner, Michael Watts, Jesse Wilson and Josie Worley.  

The cost of the trip was paid by travelers, who held a number of fund raising events.

“The group appreciates the support they received from the community for all of their fund raisers, including the car wash, softball tournament, bottle drive, candle sale, wreath sale and spaghetti dinner,” Bagneschi said. “This trip would not have been possible without the support.”

Bagneschi leads a Ticonderoga group on an excursion every other year. Past trips have taken students and adults to England, Italy and China.

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