BULLHEAD CITY—While many of their classmates were relaxing over spring break, a group of Mohave High School students continued in class as part of a week-long international studies trip.

Led by teachers David P. Lipinski and Sara Bostelman, the 11 students and their chaperones flew to Dublin, Ireland, followed by stops in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Edinburgh, Scotland via Glasgow, London, and finally Paris.

The group left Paris Monday morning and landed safely at McCarran Airport in Las Vegas Monday night.

The students learned about wide-ranging historical events, including the ancient invasion of the British Isles and the French Revolution to the 20th Century religious strife in Northern Ireland known as The Troubles.

Students held a variety of fundraising drives for the past year to pay for the trip. Each student has his or her own highlight, ranging from museums to significant landmarks in world history.

The Colorado River Union High School District school board normally allows one or two student-funded extracurricular international study trips each year, in addition to domestic study trips.

This summer, River Valley High School advanced placement students will participate in a literature, language arts, chemistry, and Greek and Roman mythology study trip to Italy and Greece. Mohave students are already fundraising for an art department study trip next year to London, Paris and Rome. And preliminary plans are underway for a scientific and geological expedition to Iceland over next year’s spring break.

Students in the Bullhead City Elementary School District have also participated in student-funded extra-curricular studies trips, including one last year to Washington, D.C.

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