Close Up was an amazing program...the amount of positivity emerging from all the kids caused me to break out of my shell and participate. I learned so many new things and saw almost every aspect of DC that most others don't get to see. I will be forever grateful for this opportunity. Joniesha 2016
I loved Close Up! I experienced so much in Washington. Meeting kids from across the country was awesome and we made friends from California, Louisana and Colorado. This really has been a life changing experience. Joe 2016
The time spent on Capitol Hill really had an impact on my daughter and the “theoretical” became “real". As a constituent, she is exposed to those who represent her in Congress through the local news media - but meeting these individuals in person seemed to give her a new perspective - that these are real people, not just names in the newspaper or on TV, and they are doing a job. And sometimes that job is a little weird, like when Amy Klobuchar spoke on the Senate floor and there were only three or four other Senators present. And the Senate Finance Committee grilling the director of the IRS - she was amazed to learn that there can be serious mismanagement in the government. Another wonderful benefit of going on this trip was the opportunity to get to know other students at SWHS whom she would not necessarily have become acquainted with otherwise. She was also quite interested to observe regional differences among the other groups of students in terms of how they behaved towards each other and “outsiders”. Joyce, parent of 2016 participant
The Close Up trip to DC opened my eyes to a more conservative point of view and reminded me that good people can have political differences. I also learned more about the way our government works than I ever have in a classroom. Great trip. Lauritz 2016
The Close Up trip was an extraordinary experience for my son. So many experiences excited him that he called and texted frequently during the trip. He appreciated that being so close to the action was a stunning privilege and came away not only with a better understanding of the legislative process, but also of the individuals representing him on Captiol Hill. Bob, parent of 2016 participant.
Close Up for me was a GREAT experience! Meeting people from different backgrounds and opinions was one of the best things to experience for someone that has been in one single area around the U.S. Close Up will be an unforgettable part of my life, as I got to know more about how the government works and also visiting historical monuments. Josue 2016
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