Eighteen AP Government and AP Macroeconomics students spent a busy week in late February in Washington, D.C., as part of the national Close Up program, which promotes education in democracy and uses the capital as a living classroom.
Como student highlights included visiting the national monuments, memorials, the new African American History Smithsonian Museum, the Air and Space Museum, the Supreme Court, Library of Congress, U.S. Capitol and prominent Washington neighborhoods.
The students had policy meetings with Minnesota Sens. Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar on Capitol Hill and an impromptu meeting with Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey. Booker introduced the Como group to the new Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, who Booker was meeting in advance of confirmation hearings.
The Close Up closing banquet of 120 students featured six student speakers selected by their respective workshop groups, and two of them were from Como: Josie Schermerhorn and William Toney.