Eight Episcopal juniors spent the last week of May in Washington, D.C. as part of the Close Up program. Students spent their days visiting the museums, memorials, and monuments and their evenings in workshops with students from all over North America including Alaska, Canada, Nebraska, South Dakota, Georgia, and Mexico. In those meetings, students discussed current issues facing our nation.
On Wednesday, May 29, Episcopal students visited with staff from the offices of Senator Bill Cassidy, Senator John Kennedy, and Representative Garret Graves. LSU junior and Episcopal alumna Caroline Crawford ‘17, who is interning for Graves this summer, greeted the group in Representative Graves' office.
The Close Up Program started in the late 1960s when founder Steve Janger wanted to help young people understand democracy in the United States through informed debate and collaborative learning. You can read more about the program here https://www.closeup.org/.