Photography field trip for Mqt. students

Wet weather this morning did put a damper on a field trip for one group of Marquette County students.

Students from the Marquette Alternative High School’s photography class earned a field trip to Alger County.

They were able to visit some of the most beautiful and scenic places in the U.P.

The trip was possible because of the success of a fundraising event; the students sold calendars that included photos they took throughout the fall.

“Our calendars have been sold all over the world,” photography teacher Cindy DePetro said. “We’ve had them go as far as China to past (Marquette Senior High School) students, parents that wanted to send something home. And today we are going to Munising to take pictures of various falls, we’re going to be going on a boat tour and we are going to be having a very nice dinner at the Brownstone Inn at the end of the day.”

“I’m really excited,” Marquette Alternative High School junior Sky Gould said. “Munising’s a very beautiful place. I used to live there, and it’s just gorgeous in all the different aspects, the lake, the forest, everything.”

About a half-dozen different stops were planned for the outdoor adventure.

Several waterfall sites, hiking trails and other famous landmarks were visited.

The class also was treated to a boat tour on Lake Superior for an up–close at nature’s artwork —known as Pictured Rocks.

The field trip was U.P. based because keeping the money local was an important factor to the class.

“When we were able to raise a good amount of money for this trip, we decided that we were going to look and see where there were some beautiful falls and an opportunity for us to get out on the lake, and Munising was the ideal place,” DePetro said. “The U.P. is the Superior location, and we’re extremely proud of our hometown.”

“It’s really nice that we get a chance to see these; they’re really beautiful,” photography student Harley Lalonde said. “It’s the first time I’ve ever seen a waterfall or been to Munising.”

Students in the photography class say they were grateful to take part in the trip, and they may have new material for another calendar.

Many of them were snapping photos of the locations they visited today.