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Missoula Students Plan Senior Trip to Cuba

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The US government has held a travel embargo against Cuba for more than 50 years, but that's not stopping Big Sky High School seniors Alex Mustard and Sammi Rasmussen from organizing a student trip to Havana this spring break as part of their senior projects.

"Sammi and I started talking because she also wanted to travel for her senior project and eventually we came up with the idea of Cuba, which was little out of the ordinary to us," Mustard said.

"There's a lot of reasons we chose Cuba."

"I just think it's the coolest thing, that's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and we might as well take advantage of it," Rasmussen said.

The students came up with the idea after brainstorming with Big Sky Spanish Teacher Jay Bostrom who will lead the group of 20 students along with three other chaperones.

The trip will focus on Cuba's unique ecology and organic farming system.

Bostrom says going to a country that only 50 years ago was on the brink of nuclear war with our own, will offer students a look into a world largely isolated from US culture.

"I think Cuba is one of those aspects of American society where all kinds of misconceptions and all kinds of fear and ignorance," Bostrom said.

"But I hope they get an opportunity to see what's beyond or borders what's beyond our coastline it might radically change who they are."

Mustard and Rasmussen were already granted permission from the US State Dept. when they first approached the school board with their proposal to bring 20 students and four chaperones to Cuba for an ecology-based tour over spring break.

They say going through the school board was the most challenging part.

"We had to get approved by the school board and that was a little bit difficult due to our diplomatic relations with Cuba," Mustard said.

The school board approved the trip last week in its regular meeting.

The students are trying to cut down the costs of their trip with a letter writing campaign and an IndieGoGo account which is an online campaign site.

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