|Me, Skyler, Sadie, Autumn, Jared, Dathan, Missy, Kinsey and RC.|
|At the Reflecting Pool in DC|
There were students from across the country who attended this conference. There were panel discussions, meetings with Senators and of course, lots of sight seeing. This trip provided me with a hands-on and very real perspective of our country and of democracy. I also feel forever grateful for the memories made with my classmates and the roommates we had on the trip. Thanks to the people who put it together - Deanna Jenkins and Coach Andher - you ROCK! I hope kids from PVHS get to go on Close-Up trips forever.
It was my first time on an airplane - which was super cool - and a fantastic trip across the country. Not pictured here are photos of our group sleeping on the floor of DSW and adventuring through the subway systems to our hotel. Also not pictured here are the feelings I felt when I saw The Wall and began to cry ...or any of the other beautiful memories commemorating the harsh, inspiring and often blood drenched history of our country. Humbled, sorrowful and small is exactly how I felt when I ran my hand across the names of all of the fallen. May we never forget our blessings or our fallen heroes.