NJROTC students leaving for Washington, D.C.

Excitement is running high over the trip

Cross Creek students at NJROTC drill practice (File Photo)

Aniya Ballard

Cross Creek students at NJROTC drill practice (File Photo)

Students in Cross Creek’s JROTC program are gearing up for their annual trip to Washington, D.C.

Students will leave for the trip Thursday and return home Monday.

JROTC Cmdr. Shaw said at least 52 students will be going on the trip, which will feature field trips to places like the U.S. Naval Academy, the Washington Monument and the Smithsonian Museum.

“Basically the students are going to see the nation’s Capitol, which supplements their government curriculum,” Shaw said. “Very few people get to go the nation’s Capitol, so this is going to give them an opportunity to see it.”

Students have spent the week getting prepared for the trip and making sure they have all of their assignments turned in before they go.

For some students, this is the first time they have been able to leave the state. For that reason, excitement about the trip is running high. The trip comes on the heels of the official opening of JROTC’s new building on the Cross Creek campus, which was covered by local media and attended by local school board members.

Vernon Weathers, a sophomore, said he was thrilled about going on the trip.

“We’re visiting the White House and the Smithsonian,” he said. “It takes 11 hours to get there.”

Look for photos and videos to appear on the Cross Creek Times site.