2009-06-20 / Top News

Mackinac Island Students Head to Washington

Students from Mackinac Island participated in an educational program about government, called Close-up, Sunday, April 26, through Friday, May 1. The purpose of Close-up is to give students a more thorough knowledge of the workings of the national government by giving them a visit and experience in the nation's capital.

Island students participating included seniors Darcy Brodeur- Bunker, Fuller Cowell, Arial Leeper, Shay Mosley, Michi Mullings, Danielle Wightman, and juniors Paul Fisher, Shelbie Mosley, and Thomas Rilenge. They were accompanied by social studies teacher Seth Baker.

To participate, Island students had to perform a minimum of 60 hours of community service, and raise the funds to go on the trip.

Students from Mackinac Island, Mackinaw City, and Rogers City were teamed up with students from Gary, Indiana, The North Slope of Alaska, California, and a school in Mexico.

Students participated in mock congressional sessions, attended a debate between a liberal expert and a conservative expert to better understand the points of view for each political belief structure, and met with Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin, and Representative Bart Stupak.

They had some time on the last day for sightseeing, visiting the Holocaust Museum, Botanical Gardens, the National Zoo, the American History and Natural Science museums, and took an evening tour of the monuments.

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