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SIS students enjoy tour on Army Duck Saipan

(Marianas Variety) — Saipan’s history on World War II takes a whole new turn with Army Duck Saipan as students from Saipan International School discovered.

“I recently took my 7th and 8th grade history students on Saipan’s very own WWII Ducks with company name Army DUCK Saipan and I cannot express enough how wonderful of an experience it was for my students!” said instructor Robyn Wondrasek.

Saipan International School 7th and 8th grade history students recently went on tour with Saipan’s very own Army DUCK Saipan as a part of  an educational field trip.Saipan International School 7th and 8th grade history students recently went on tour with Saipan’s very own Army DUCK Saipan as a part of an educational field trip.

SIS students at the tank monument at Quarter Master intersection.SIS students at the tank monument at Quarter Master intersection.

“My students were assigned a certain spot on our tour to research and present in the manner of a WWII tour guide.  Army DUCK Saipan company was very accommodating, allowing us pick all of our stops as well as the order in which we visited each stop.  Mr. Ivan Ilmov represented the company and went so far as to contact local representatives to arranging private tours of the CNMI local Museum with Mr. Robert Hunter as well as the President of Saipan’s 500 Sails sailing club to educate students on the sailing history of local people,” she said.

“Mr. Ilmov was also extremely knowledgeable in the history of Saipan and further added to the experience by filling in details that the students had left out in their presentation,” she added.

The Army DUCK Vehicle itself was beyond impressive, according to the students.

SIS students take turns taking aim with machine gun display on the Army Duck Saipan.SIS students take turns taking aim with machine gun display on the Army Duck Saipan.

Army Duck Saipan makes a stop with SIS students at Last Command Post in Marpi.  Contributed photosArmy Duck Saipan makes a stop with SIS students at Last Command Post in Marpi. Contributed photos

“It was loaded with authentic-looking grenades, riffles, and helmets. Some students wore the military helmets the entire trip and took turns with the riffle and grenades.  It was also equipped with a speaker and sound system so students could give their presentations on or off the Army DUCK and still be heard.  They also provided us with refreshments of cold water and local fruits,” said Wondrasek.

“Again, I cannot express enough what a wonderful experience we had with Mr. Ilmov and the Army DUCK Saipan Company. The staff was beyond impressive and very helpful.  I would highly recommend any teacher who is interested in taking their students on an exciting yet educational field trip to give Mr. Ivan Ilmov call and book a reservation at 989-1050. He is very accommodating and can work with you on how you would like to personalize your next field trip,” she said.