May 20, 2012 - By Carolyn B. Tyler, Staff WriterAdvanced science students at Riverton High School will have the opportunity to travel to Costa Rica during spring break 2013 to study the area's environment for eight days, one of several student-travel plans in the works for this summer.
RHS biology teacher Chad Fallin proposed the trip to the Fremont County School District 25 Board of Education this month and received board approval to pursue the plan.
Students will be responsible for their individual expenses, estimated at about $2,500, and must meet certain academic and course requirements.
The trip is under the auspices of EF Tours, which sponsors student trips and exchange students in the local school system.
Fallin estimated six to 12 students will qualify for the trip with 2:1 or 3:1 adult chaperones.
Fallin is chairman of the RHS science department and is working with other teachers in the department to incorporate all areas of science study into the experience.
Board members commended Fallin for organizing the enrichment trip for next year's junior and senior science students.
The Costa Rica trip was one of several out-of-state travel requests approved by the school board.
Under the leadership of teacher Tomi Kirkland, students will be attending National History Day in Washington, D.C., this June.
Coach Jorah Griffith is taking some members of the track and field team to Montana State University in June.
Four Key Club members were present to request, and receive, permission to travel to the Key Club International Convention in Orlando, Fla., during the Independence Day holiday this summer.
And five RHS speech and debate competitors, a record number, have qualified for then National Forensic League nationals next month in Indianapolis, Ind.
The speakers qualified for the national tournament at the NFL District tournament hosted by Riverton High School in March. Coach Annette Thornton accompanies the team.
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