St. Mary School 8th Graders Tour Nation's Capital Once Again

After a 30-month hiatus due to difficulties related to Covid 19, St. Mary Catholic Community School recently resumed its annual 8th grade class trip to Washington, DC. The 70 person group (made up of students, teachers, and parent chaperones) flew to the nation's capital on April 5th and returned home on April 8th. The group enjoyed visits to the U.S. Capitol, the White House, the Smithsonian Museums, Mount Vernon, the International Spy Museum, and all the traditional monuments and memorials in the area. One of the highlights of this year's trip was a tour of Arlington National Cemetery where four students were able to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The group was also fortunate to have a guided tour of the battlefield at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. St. Mary's hopes to make a return trip with next year's 8th grade class in September of 2022.

St. Mary’s 8th Graders in front of the U.S. Capitol Building.


Eli Wagner, Cassie Ruiz, Kylie Starkey, and Joshua Eliscupides were selected by their classmates to represent the 8th grade class at St. Mary’s. They had the honor of laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Mr. Rob Scott, with son Bobby pose for a photo in front of the Marine Corps War Memorial. Mr. Scott is a decorate veteran of the Marine Corps.

Elle Urbaniak, Ella Katsaros, Olivia Robinson, Maria Reyes, Selena Tran, Reiley Bullington, and Alex Calzonzi take a photo at the Lincoln Memorial with the Washington Monument in the backgraound.


St. Mary Catholic Community School in Crown Point offers grade levels Junior Pre-Kindergarten (for three-year-olds) through eight and is the largest grade school in the Diocese of Gary. St. Mary’s faculty teaches a rich curriculum supported by cutting-edge technology. The school offers a multitude of activities and experiences including various field trips at each grade level. To learn more about St. Mary’s School or schedule a tour, visit school.stmarycp.org. St. Mary’s is currently accepting new students for the 2022-2023 school year.