For Immediate Release — June 5, 2017 |
ALEXANDRIA, VA — June 5, 2017 — W. T. Sampson Elementary/High School students from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba participated in competitive sports events against Quantico Middle/High School in Virginia during their trip May 12-18. Ten students and two teachers visited Quantico for the first time ever as an effort to explore off-island options for competitive sports events. The boys’ varsity basketball team participated in two basketball competitions and several students participated in a bowling competition. It was a rare opportunity for students in Guantanamo Bay to compete in athletic competitions off the island.
“The trip required a lot of coordination – especially with transportation arrangements, but the efforts were well spent because the school was able to connect in the end,” said Mr. Emilio Garza, Principal of W.T. Sampson Elementary/High School. “W.T. Sampson students had to travel first to Jacksonville, Florida then to Norfolk, Virginia and finally be bussed to Quantico.”
During their week in Quantico, students visited the Marine Officers Candidate School, the Staff Non-Commissioned Officer Academy, and the National Museum of the Marine Corps, which provided a K-9 Military Police briefing and demonstration, and an indoor simulated marksmanship trainer. They also went to Washington, D.C. for cultural immersion and visited Arlington National Cemetery.
A Guantanamo Bay oar was presented to Principal Michael Johnson of Quantico Middle/High School on behalf of Principal Garza and staff in appreciation for the support and hospitality. Quantico Middle/High School hopes to visit W. T. Sampson soon.
The Department of Defense Education Activity plans, directs, coordinates, and manages pre-kindergarten through 12th grade education programs for school-aged children of Department of Defense personnel who would otherwise not have access to high-quality public education. DoDEA schools are located in Europe, the Pacific, Western Asia, the Middle East, Cuba, the United States, Guam, and Puerto Rico. DoDEA also provides support and resources to Local Educational Activities throughout the U.S. that serve children of military families.