Mission trip teaches students life lessons

Several area students recently had a hands-on life lesson in service as they participated in a week-long mission trip to the Dominican Republic. The students were part of a group of area residents who took part in the trip, which was held through the organization Meeting God in Missions. While all eight are currently students at Elk County Catholic High School, they noted that the trip was not a school-sponsored function.Sara Kucenski, Marissa Armstrong, Helen Danz, Anna Wingard, Jon Leuschel, Jess Franco, Lorenzo Dingcong, and Danielle Hodgdon all participated in this year's trip, with Leuschel and Armstrong making the journey for the second time. During a recent presentation to their fellow classmates about what the trip was all about, Leuschel began by explaining where the Dominican Republic is located and why the people there need help.