On May 30th, students from Penney High School traveled to Costa Rica for a week-long tour of the country where they had many cultural experiences. The students, along with their Spanish teacher, Renae Wattenbarger, visited a Coffee plantation, swam at the base of a waterfall, went zip-lining and snorkeled in the Pacific Ocean. They also visited a wildlife refuge, participated in a Rain-forest Chocolate tour, and ate many traditional Costa Rican dishes.
The students from Penney High School were: Lyndi Heldenbrand, Kenna Schmidt, Abigail Anderson, Morgan Dotson, Quinn Brown, Jacob Roberts, Krista Schoff, Bayley Pickering, Allison Hildebrand, Brandon Kanoy, Halee Orr, Margaret Gaunce, Kacie Carman, Cydnee Kipp, Andrew Ernat, Garrett Heldenbrand, and Gabby Schempp. The students were joined by St. Joseph Lafayette Spanish Teacher, Ryan Madison and his students: Caroline Langly, Taryn Miller, Kelsey Kendall, Alexis Sisk and Kayla McDonnell. Area adults who also traveled were Judy Pickering, Colleen Nichols, Lauri Poynter, Brandon Wattenbarger, Kenny Carman, Mason Kipp and Shari Kipp.
In 2017, Mrs. Wattenbarger will be taking students to New York City, and in 2018 they will be traveling to Peru.