Local students return from Ecuador
Twenty-six students from Eudora High School and five from Baldwin High School traveled to Ecuador March 12 to 20.
The students stayed with families in Quito, Ecuador.
While on the trip, the students attended Spanish classes at a local Spanish school for four hours a day; visited an orphanage and delivered school supplies the International Club at EHS had collected prior to the trip; and visited a high school and interacted with the local students and played sports with them. In addition, the group learned to dance the salsa, prepared an Ecuadorian dish and rode the teleferico through the Andes Mountains.
The travelers visited the equator and saw some demonstrations of what changes happen at the equator. For example, the students learned water goes straight down the drain; gravity makes a person unable to keep their arms up when someone tries to push them down; and several were able to balance an egg on the head of a nail.
The students and teachers also found climbing the Cotopaxil Volcano at an altitude of up to about 17,000 feet was very difficult, however EHS Spanish teacher Kim Lancaster said it was a great experience to make it the group's goal.
Those who traveled to Ecuador included Kelsey Epperson, Desiree Marmon, Brittney Graff, Rodney Spillman, Christina Pyle, Tasha Oakes, Heather Whitten, Amanda Gordon, Jacob Cox, Mary Cox, Chelsea Carnagie, Kim Scherman, Stephen Prudden, Sam Nelson, Kellian Harrell, Katelin Harrell, Paige Schultz, Jessica Stewart, Todd Roberts, Michael Ortega, Catherine Klotz, Joel Morrison, Emily Ballock, Megan Ballock, Justin Male and Guy Kirby Montgomery.
Sponsors were Lyle and Kim Lancaster and Baldwin High School teacher Pat Wittry.