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Seventh Graders Head Off to the Topeka Capitol Building

By: Isaac Lueger

Camryn Kaster and Chase Korber

November 20, 2017

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    The seventh graders at Nemaha Central Middle School went to the Topeka Capitol on Tuesday, November 7.  At 8:15 the students piled onto the bus ready to go on their field trip.  The students were able to sit on the bus with their friends and bring their electronics or anything else they wanted to play with on the bus.  

    When the students arrived at the Topeka Capitol building, they got off the bus and hopped into line with the rest of the students.  They brought their lunches and put them into a huge cart to get past security.  After they put their lunches in the cart the students had to go through security to get into the Topeka Capitol building.  Once they were in the main area the students waited for their guide as they looked through some artifacts and pictures such as James A. Naismith, Amelia Earhart, and a sledgehammer.

    A couple minutes after the students got into the building, the tour guide arrived.  He showed the students through the basement and talked about the history of it and some more artifacts that were there.  He then showed the students up to the main level where you could see up into the dome.  He walked the students through some murals and then took them another level up.  He showed the students the Governor’s office, the Senate, the House of representatives, some statues, and some flags.  After taking the seventh graders another level up he took them to a couple more spots such as a library with a glass floor with some historic books inside.

    After a couple more artifacts and history about the building, the tour guide took us up to the next level to wait for the main event, going to the top of the Topeka Capitol building.  The seventh grade classes walked over 100 stairs until they were at the next level!  After making several stops to talk more about the history of the building, it was time to go to the top.  The seventh graders walked up several more 100’s of stairs and then they were at the tip-top of the Capitol building.  The view was amazing with a 360º view of the whole city by walking around the dome on the outside!  You could even see all the way to Holton!  The seventh grade class was up at the top a couple more minutes, then it was time to go.  They walked down all of the steps to the main level of the building.

    At the main level of the building the seventh graders got their food and ate lunch in the cafeteria.  Everyone got to talk now.  There were vending machines with several snacks to get with their lunches and there was also a gift shop students could go to and buy some merchandise.  At the end of the field trip, they rode the bus back to school and went to the park for half an hour.  Then school was over and the amazing field trip was over.

    “My favorite part of the field trip was looking at the architect of the walls. Also, the view from the top of the Capitol Building was awesome,” said Korbin Macke!

    “I really enjoyed seeing how herefords were on the walls instead of angus; and the top was definitely my favorite,” said Emilie Strahm!

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