Port Townsend students visit nation’s capital

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Chinese spy plane furor and campaign finance reform are just two national issues being witnessed first hand by seven Port Townsend High School students this week.

The students are taking part in an annual event sponsored by the Close Up Foundation, which brings teen-agers from throughout the United States to the capital for a front-row seat to politics. The students research and discuss a different theme each year, but only learn what it will be when they arrive. Previous themes have included wars and media coverage of politics.

Port Townsend’s Aaron Johnson, Anji Scalf, Ashley Wurtsmith, Pat Lynch, Charlie Amico, Kelly McNees and Erin O’Keefe traveled with history teacher Russ Hickman to Washington, D.C. They plan a few additional days in the capital to do their own explorations.

Hickman said the students get a clearer understanding of American politics during the trip.

For the complete story see Thursday’s Peninsula Daily News, on sale in Jefferson County.

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