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Students Get Close Up View Of D.C.

Students Get Close Up View Of D.C.

Pictured with the South Lafourche students involved in the “Close Up” Program are, (front row), Senator David Vitter, Jasmine Adams, Sydney Esponge, Noelle Pitre, Janie Gautreaux, Angelle Gaspard, Brooke Sampey, Devin Alario; (back row) Ai

Washington, D.C. became a classroom, and some of its leading experts served as educators as 12 students from South Lafourche High School and teacher Mary Belisle participated in the Close Up Foundation government studies program for November – December 1.

Students included Jasmine Adams, Devin Alario, Ashley Duet, Marley Duet, Sydney Esponge, Aldan Eymard, Sarah Galjour, Angelle Gaspard, Janie Gautreaux, Noelle Pitre, Brooke Sampey and Les Theriot.

“During their week in Washington, students attended seminars on Capitol Hill and met government officials, political experts, lobbyists, and a representative of the Washington press corps to learn more about the federal process,” said Belisle. “Students visited with Senators David Vitter and Mary Landrieu, as well as Representative Jeff Landry.”

The South Lafourche High School group participated with students from other areas of the country for daily debates, discussions and activities focusing on current issues and the governing process. There also were opportunities to tour the city, visit Colonial Williamsburg, and attend cultural events.

“Close Up’s goal is to inspire its participants to become active, engaged citizens,” said Timothy S. Davis, president, Close Up Foundation. “Students return home with an increased interest in national, state, and local matters.”

Mary Belisle accompanied the students, not as a chaperone, but as a participant in a program designed to teach current issues and innovative educational methods.

The Close Up Foundation is the nation’s largest nonpartisan, nonprofit, civic education organization providing firsthand opportunities to learn about the democratic process and the role of the individual. For more information, call 800-CLOSE UP (256-7387) and visit