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D.C. narrative develops in real time
Hudson High students, thrilled with their on-location study of George Washington, build a Web site even before their trip is over.
By Michele Miller, Times Staff Writer
Published February 13, 2008
HUDSON - Remember those kids from Hudson High School who were headed to Washington, D.C., over the winter break?
We first wrote about the 28 students in Eric Johnson's dual-enrollment history class back in October, when they were still raising money for the trip to do some college-level field research on George Washington.
They're back now, and still pumped about the trip that took them to Mount Vernon, Ferry Farms (Washington's childhood home), the Smithsonian Institution, the White House and various monuments throughout the city.
In fact, kids such as Chris Jennett were so excited that they started posting pictures on a Web site, www.hudsonnomads.com, that was designed on the bus ride home.
"Once we started learning (about Washington), there was a fire that was started," said Chris.
Chris, whom Johnson describes as "a savant with a computer," was on his laptop at various stops along the way.
"I made the whole Web site while we were on the bus. I stayed up all night. Once I started making it, I got into it," Chris said. "Whenever we stopped, at Cracker Barrel or Starbucks, anywhere we had Internet (service), I'd get on and publish it."
Johnson's students, who are already planning another trip - either to the next presidential inauguration or maybe Europe to see some World War II sites - also published pictures and some prose about their visit on the school Web site.
Check it out
To see their Web site point your mouse to http://hhscobras.pasco.k12.fl.us/Home_of_the_Cobras/Home_of_the_Cobras.html. Click on "In Search of George Washington Trip."