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EHS student tells Lions Club of European visit

Sarah Lucas was ‘People to People’ Amabassador
After taking part in the People to People Ambassadors Program, Ennis High School Freshman Sarah Lucas had a lot to share about her experience in Europe this past summer.
Lucas spoke to the Ennis Noon Lions Club about her trip, which included stops in England, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Switzerland. Lucas is the daughter of the organization’s Past President Becky Lucas.
People to People Ambassadors sponsor kids to travel Europe and learn about new cultures. Former President Dwight D. Eisenhower believed ordinary citizens of different nations, if able to communicate directly, could solve differences and find a way to live in peace. In 1956, he put those beliefs into action and created People to People Ambassador Programs.
Through a slide show presentation, Lucas described highlights of her trip and related lessons learned while overseas.
Lucas’ first stop was in London where she visited Hampton Court Palace, the Tower of London and Westminster Abbey.
“I really wanted to go to the torture chambers (in the Tower of London), but my group went too slow,” Lucas said.
Lucas also visited the London Eye. Also known as the Millennium Wheel. it is the tallest Ferris Wheel in Europe, standing at 443 feet.
“I was very nervous going on that because I’m scared of heights… sometimes,” Lucas said. “To get on you have to jump because it is always moving. Well, it’s not moving that fast, so you can just walk on.”
Lucas also visited Stonehenge, the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, Omaha Beach, the World War II Museum at Caen, where she saw the tank Adolf Hitler traveled in and a wedding dress a woman made from her deceased fiancé’s parachute.
In Paris Lucas observed the Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the art district of Montmartre and Notre Dame, which contained the tomb of Pope John Paul II.
“It was weird,” Lucas said of seeing the crypt.
In Belgium Lucas visited a chocolate factory and in the Netherlands she saw the windmills of Kinderdijk and visited The Hague and the Anne Frank House.
“In the Hague there was a quote that said ‘May peace prevail on Earth,’” Lucas said. “It was really nice to see that in there.”
While in Germany Lucas saw a German farm, Cologne, the Black Forest and participated in Farm Olympics. During the Farm Olypics Lucas said they rolled wooden blocks with flat sides into a bucket, hit one another with hay bags and shot rubber band guns.
“I was the only one who could set (the rubber band guns) up,” Lucas said.
Switzerland was the final stop on the trip, where Lucas went to the top of a mountain in the Alps and was going to ride down part of the way on a sled but was prevented from doing so due to rainy conditions.
Prior to Lucas’ program, Diego Garcia was inducted as a new member of the Ennis Noon Lions Club. Amy Womack sponsored Garcia into the club.
The Ennis Noon Lions Club meets Wednesday at noon at the Ennis Country Club.

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