NYC Coming Home

Senior Alyssa Swonger shares her thoughts on the trip.

The Skyline High School Journalism class experienced many new things last week.

Here are a few things we learned about both life in New York city and journalism.

Don’t swipe your subway card until you know which direction you need to go because you will get reprimanded by the toll worker and Mrs. Hampel. Twice.

Crossing the intersection on a red light was another reason to get in trouble. Sophomore Rance Tucker had the privilege of holding chaperone Troy Swonger’s hand until he learned to wait for the walk signal.

“Troy’s hand was warm and comforting,” Tucker said.

While we did meet some nice New Yorkers, most of them were not overly friendly and tourists appeared to be the only people wearing tennis shoes and jeans.

The students had their conference at Columbia University, a short subway ride away. Everyone was expected to attend four sessions per day. Students had to bring back something they learned from each session they attended.

“My favorite session was Caption One, Two, Three by Mike Simon. He widened my variety on my outlook on caption writing,” Lucas Cason said.

4:15 a.m. came early for everyone Saturday morning to travel back to Kansas. Most people went to sleep early, but some opted to pull an all-nighter.

As we were preparing to leave the hotel, Hampel got an alert that our flight was delayed an hour. That hour ended up being two and after a three and half hour flight to Dallas we were ready for our last leg to take us home. All-in-all it was a great experience for all of us.

Junior Alyssa Allphin shares some photos of our long wait to get home at the airports.

Senior Dustin Weber put together some video footage for the trip.

NYC Day 5

On friday, our last day in New York, we started off by going to the convention in the morning.

At 1 p.m. we all had the option to go off on our own anywhere between the hotel and Times Square or we could have gone to Chinatown with Amy.

“There were a lot of people and places to go and I had fun shopping, hanging out with friends, and seeing new things,” senior Layton Kenworthy said.

We made our way back to the hotel to watch the end of the Wichita State game and then had to meet up in the lobby at 5:30 p.m. for the Harbor Lights Cruise. There was limited visibility because of the snow but we still saw the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and downtown and midtown Manhattan.

Mason“It was kind of hard to see but it was still fun to learn about New York and see the Statue of Liberty,” sophomore Mason Brack said.

We got on the Subway for the last time and got back to the hotel around 10 p.m. While some kids slept for a little while, others just stayed awake all night for our early morning of waking up a little after 3 a.m. to head to the airport.

Here are a few photo and video slideshows of earlier in the week from Avery, Rion and Daniel.

Days 1 & 2 by junior Rion Westhoff.

Day 3 by junior Avery Jones.

Days 1, 2, 3 and 4 by senior Daniel Hacker.

NYC Day 4

The fourth day in New York was the second day of conferences.

We went to the conference during the morning and then had some free time for a couple of hours. During the free time a small group went on a ferry to Staten Island and went around the Statue of Liberty.

“I thought that the Statue of Liberty seemed small in comparison to all of the tall buildings,” sophomore Jarod DeWeese said.

Later, some of us went to B&H Studios, while others had a couple free hours to walk around Madison Square Garden. Most of the boys went to the Knicks game in Madison Square Garden.

“I really enjoyed the halftime show, people were jumping on a trampoline doing flips,” senior Dustin Weber said.

While the boys were at the game, all the rest of us went to an outside ice rink.

“Ice skating was really fun. It was a lot easier than I thought it would be,” junior Lexie Maloney said. “It was like roller skating.”

Jarod captured the day in video.

Sophomore Rance Tucker and freshman Tyler Tobin took photos.

NYC Day 3

The third day in The Big Apple was our first day of conferences. We also visited the 9/11 Memorial Museum and ate supper at Lombardi’s Pizza.

We started the day by waking up and riding the subway to the conferences.

“My butt hurt really bad because the chairs were very solid,” senior Daniel Hacker said.

After the conference we went back to the hotel to drop our things off and then went to the 9/11 museum. We learned about the history of the tragic event and saw some exhibits.

“It was cool to learn about all the inside stuff about 9/11 and I wished we could have stayed longer to look at more of it,” junior Alex Lutz said.

We ended the day by going to Little Italy and eating at the world famous Lombardi’s Pizza. We came back to the hotel after and called it a night.

Sophomore Caden Patterson captured the day in photos.

NYC Day 2

On the second day of our trip in New York City, we started off by watching the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and going to The Apple Store.

On the way to The Apple Store I was approached by a nice young lady and she offered me some Red Bull.

After the parade we walked down to the Museum of Natural History and stayed there for a few hours, touring all the exhibits and we watched a few IMAX movies about space and some cute little animals that have a hard time surviving in the wild.

After the museum everyone was tired, so we walked back to the hotel and rested for a little bit.

In the evening, we went downtown and traveled to the 86th Floor of the Empire State Building. The view of the entire city was amazing but it was very cold on the balcony that high up.

After we got down from the Empire State Building, Mrs. Hampel made friends with a nice gentleman on the sidewalk in front of the building, then we proceeded to take the subway back to our hotel and call it a day.

Junior Lexie Maloney captured the day in photos.


It was a great day for the Skyline journalism students as they traveled to New York City.

Twenty-three of us made our way to The Big Apple, via flights from Wichita and Chicago. For six of the kids, it was their first time to fly. Though the flight was a little rough landing, we made it to LaGuardia on time and with all the luggage.

Another first for many of the kids was riding the subway system. We rode to see St. John the Divine Cathedral, but we couldn’t enter after 6 p.m., so we crossed the street and ate dinner at V & T Pizzeria & Restaurant. The food was good but the waiters were not overly friendly.

“Even though I haven’t seen that much grease on one food item, it was probably the best pizza I have ever had,” sophomore Justin Hampel said. “It’s more authentic than what I am used to in Kansas. It was 20 thousand times better than Pizza Hut.”

Junior Rion Westhoff thought the pizza was good too. Another memorable moment for Westhoff was after the second subway ride downtown.

“I saw a classmate get hustled at Times Square,” Westhoff said.

That was an unforgettable moment for many of the kids, including senior Layton Kenworthy.

“Avery (Jones) got scammed by some guy for a mix tape disk for $45,” Kenworthy said.

Lessoned learned I guess.

Tomorrow we plan on visiting The Apple Store on 5th Avenue and watch some of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. After that, we will spend the afternoon at the American Museum of Natural History and if time allows, we will go to The Empire State Building.

Junior Lucas Cason put together a photo slideshow for the day. Hopefully we will have another post tomorrow with both a video and a slideshow. Good night from New York.