WACO students, staff take European trip

Students from WACO High School visited the Eiffel Tower in Paris during their 10-day European tour earlier this month. (Photo submitted)

Crawfordsville News

On July 5, 21 WACO students, staff and parents went on a 10-day vacation to Europe through EF Tours. The trip was originally planned for 2021 and was delayed due to COVID.

The group visited London, Paris, Florence and Rome. Some of the highlights of the trip were Piccadilly Circus, the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, the London Eye and Buckingham Palace, including the changing of the guard in London.

In Paris, the group saw several angles of the Eiffel Tower, toured Versailles and its gardens, took a cruise on the Seine River and saw the Mona Lisa at the Louvre.

In Florence, the architecture and history were very interesting. The tour guide explained about several of the buildings and sculptures, including the Statue of David.

Lastly in Rome, the group toured the Vatican including the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. The paintings by Michalango were explained. The artwork, statues, and marble details were extraordinary. On the last day in Rome the group toured the Colosseum and ancient ruins.

There were no issues with travel and the group all got along well.

From Crawfordsville: Kori Rich, Noah Rich, Isaac Rich, Jonah Egli, Naomi Egli, Lennon McClanahan, Zoey Dennler and Karen Dennler. From Wayland: Taylor Sammons, Jason Sammons, Noah Connely, Brody Hesser, Jessica Unternahrer, Marie Farmer, Meredith Roth, Nancy Roth, Alexis Wixom, Alyssa Ferdig, Bella Hahn, Sarah Smith and Matthew Smith.

Junior Miss of Van Buren County

Audrey Smith formerly of Crawfordsville and the daughter of Sonya Love-Smith of Keosauqua and Clyde Smith of Washington was crowned the 2022 Van Buren County Fair’s Junior Miss on Monday, July 18. This was especially exciting and special since this happened on Audrey’s 15th birthday.

Audrey will be a freshman at Van Buren High School this fall where she is very active in music and sports.

Family and friends present were Sonya-Love Smith, Kenny Kruse, Carolyn Love, Jennifer Arbogast, Eli Arbogast and Ian Arbogast.


Chapter L of the National TTT Society members met on Monday, July 25 at the Olds Church of Christ at 7 pm The meeting opened with the singing of the “Sword of Gold.”

Prior to the meeting one of the Camp Girls came and shared her camp experiences, She was accompanied by her mother and sister.

Five members answered roll call with “How do you relax?”

Nancy McGohan read the minutes of the June 27, 2022 meeting and they were approved with no additions or corrections.


President Shelman shared articles from the Tidings.

The treasurer’s report was given by Missy Fear and will be filed for audit.


Camp: Nancy McGohan and President Shelman spoke briefly about meeting the bus following camp. It was discussed and decided to send two girls to camp next year.

Charity/Camp Girls/ Gifts and Ways and Means: Nothing to report.


Missy Fear reported updating the bylaws. She presented options, discussion followed and changes were decided upon. In September they will be sent in.

New Business/ Bills for Payment and Proposal of names for Membership: None.


President Shelman thanked those who attended. The next meeting will be Monday, Sept. 26 at 7 pm the Olds United Church of Christ, with Joan Rodgers as hostess. Dues will be collected.

Following the meeting a selection of ice cream treats was provided by Marlys Fear.

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