Shawn Merrill Jr., of Zionsville, was one of 14 students selected to sail the high seas for an educational journey on an historic schooner.
Merrill was able to join the summer crew of the Roseway by writing an essay and submitting in an application to the World Ocean School, Maine.
The students traveled from Boston to Nova Scotia stopping in Shelburne, Halifax and Lunenburg on a three-mast 137-foot sailboat built in 1925 as a fishing vessel.
Q: What grade are you in?
A: I am a 2012 graduate of Emmaus High School.
Q: What was your favorite subject? Why?
A: History was my favorite subject. All of my favorite teachers have taught history. They are always the friendliest, funniest people and often the best teachers. I also simply find it compelling learning about the history of the world. There are some amazing characters out there with incredible stories.
Q: Have you received any special awards or recognition?
Twelve Emmaus High School students had the unique opportunity to take an educational trip to Costa Rica and Panama over the summer.
The students, with their biology teachers Tracy Dreher and Kristen Susens decided to go the extra mile to gain hands on knowledge about science, Spanish and community service. They took their education out of the books, off the computer screen and into the rainforests of Central America.
Ryan Harrington is exited to get in step with the cadence of the Emmaus High School marching band as the new director.
Harrington is preparing for his role of band director and instrumental teacher at EHS after three years as the assistant band director under Bruce Denmead and eight years as director of instrumental music at Moravian Academy. He is a graduate of Temple University.