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PHS students travel to Costa Rica


Photo courtesy of Rowan Beraza

PHS students traveled to Costa Rica earlier this month. Back, left to right: Group Leader Rowan Beraza, Local Tour Director Edgar Cortes, Noah Sullivan, McKay Jones, Gillian Wittstock, Lora O'Brocta, Holli Davis; Sarah Larson, left and Joelys Lopez are kneeling in front.

Traveling is not new to most Petersburg High School students. They hop on a ferry for extended weekend sports, academic, and music competitions. They fly on planes when heading even further north or south. Our geography demands travel. But what would take seven PHS students over 5,600 miles from Petersburg, Alaska to San Jose, Costa Rica you might ask? Why Spanish, of course.

Rowan Beraza, PHS Spanish teacher had a vision of a kind of cultural and language immersion for her second year Spanish students. She wanted to go beyond just teaching the grammar, spelling and pronunciation to underst...

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