The five students are aspiring artists, and the trip took them to the sights, museums and educational institutions of New York.
Jasmine said highlights of her trip were seeing Chicago on Broadway and visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The museum, and especially the European paintings, struck a note with her.
"It's huge -- once you get inside, it makes you feel insignificant," she said.
"I've seen a lot in textbooks, but there's so much out there you don't even realize."
The group also got to meet a jewelry maker and visit The Art Institute of New York City, the Fashion Institute of Technology and New York University, said art teacher Audrey Crosby.
For Caprice Etheredge, 16, a sophomore and aspiring cartoonist, seeing how to create Manga cartoons and shadowing techniques at the art institute was one of the artistic highlights of the trip.
"When I first went in there, it really inspired me to follow my dreams," Caprice said.
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