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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

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Students get "Close Up" view of D.C.

Students get "Close Up" view of D.C.

Washington, D.C. became a classroom, and some of its leading experts served as educators as 14 students from South Lafourche High School and teacher Mary Duet Belisle participated in the Close Up Foundation government studies program from November 28 – December 5.

Students included Dax Adams, Jr., Barbara Bach, Laney Boura, Jonathan Bruce, Breigh Cheramie, Abby DuPierre, Briana Galiano, Chelsey Green, Carly Guidry, Caroline Guilbeau, Angelique Legendre, Rebekah Pierce, Brook Plaisance, and Abbey Tran.

"During their week in Washington, the students attended seminars on Capitol Hill and met government officials, political experts, and lobbyists to learn more about the federal process," said Belisle. Students also visited with Majority Whip of the House of Representatives, Steve Scalise, and Senator David Vitter.

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 Duet 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