Ladue Horton Watkins High School junior Michael Wise and social studies teacher Ashley Lock will attend the Albert H. Small Normandy Institute in France this summer.
The pair is one of only 15 student-teacher teams selected to participate in the program, an intensive learning experience centered on the D-Day Campaign of 1944.
As part of the program, each team is tasked with writing a biography of a local soldier who participated in the Normandy Campaign; over the next four months, Wise and Lock will research and write about the life of Pfc. Otis William Dill, who was killed in action on D-Day.
Wise and Lock will travel with other teams to George Washington University in Washington, D.C. on June 18 for a series of lectures and activities to deepen their understanding of the conflict.
Then, all participants will depart for France on June 23 to visit many of the sites involved in the Normandy Campaign.
The culmination of the Normandy visit involves each student presenting a eulogy for their local hero while standing by his graveside in the Normandy American Cemetery at Colleville-Sur-Mer.
This is the second-consecutive year that Lock will accompany a student in the program; she also has been invited to participate with a different student in 2025.
You can learn more about the program on the Albert H. Small Normandy Institute website.