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Lake Wildwood: Wildwood students take summer trips

For their summer vacation, 13 Lake Wildwood teens will visit the nation’s capitol and see many of the sights they have read about in class.

Congratulations to Melissa Rosprim, who is traveling to Washington, D.C. this summer to join a week-long conference with the Congressional Youth Leadership Council. Melissa, 10, is graduating from fifth grade at Pleasant Valley School, where she has been studying Colonial times and the American Revolution.

The conference includes students from across the country who have shown high academic achievement and have been nominated by their teachers. They’ll visit the Capitol, White House, historic Philadelphia, New York, Ground Zero and various memorials. Participants will discuss how leadership has inspired and shaped the direction of our country and how the lessons can be applied to the students’ lives and to their communities.

Melissa’s parents are Dave and Lulu Rosprim. Dave, who has never been to the capitol, sees this experience “as a major step in Melissa’s branching out and developing into a responsible young woman.”

Thanks to the coordination of Gina Flores, she and five other parents will escort 12 graduating students from Pleasant Valley School to both Washington and New York City the week of June 17. In many areas, this is a school-sponsored trip; for the last three or four years, parents have taken over the responsibility of this trip with the help of World Strides Co. out of Charlottesville, Va.

Information packets are handed out to each eighth-grade student at the beginning of the school year giving them plenty of time to raise money. Students are encouraged to help pay part of the trip with fundraisers and side jobs and have until April to raise the money needed. This year, they sold See’s Candy during the holidays, held car washes and a flea market and sold candles. For those participating in the fundraisers, it offset about 10 percent of the nearly $2,000 cost per child including airfare, hotels, sightseeing and food.

The following students and parent chaperons will be attending: Luke Ackerman and mom Lavonne, Marina Brzezinski, Laura Carroll, Nick Clyde and mom Jennifer, McKenzie Cook, Hailey Corban, Clayton Eidson and mom Robyn, Dillon Flores and mom Gina, Katherine Hamilton, Arame Moore Lane and mom Desiree, Samantha Nolan and Haley Vaughn.

I remember these trips when I was in school. They were fun, exhausting and noisy. The roll of chaperone is a 24/7 marathon. Gina remembers not being able to go along when her oldest son was in eighth grade because Dillon was just a baby. She was determined to go along when Dillon was old enough, and ended up organizing the program. We wish all of you a wonderful trip.

Congratulations are also in order to LWW residents Ron and Joan Derbyshire. They have lived in LWW full time since 1990 and celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Mother’s Day, surrounded by family and close friends. Congratulations!


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