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Upward Bound students from BHSU take part in presidential classroom scholars program

Tiffany Chasing Hawk, Cheyenne-Eagle Butte High School, and Elva Stricker, Lower Brule High School, traveled to Washington, D.C., for a behind-the-scenes look at the federal government as participants in the Presidential Classroom Scholars Program. Both students are participating in the Upward Bound Program at Black Hills State University.

The leading civic-education program took place this March. Chasing Hawk and Stricker joined hundreds of high school students from across the country and abroad to attend seminars presented by leaders representing each branch of government, the military, media, and business. Additionally, students took a private tour of the White House, visited their senate and representative offices and visited a foreign embassy.

Small-group workshops focused on issues such as media, immigration, and juvenile justice. Discussion and debate were balanced with visits to Washington monuments and Smithsonian museums, an evening of political satire with The Capital Steps, and a commencement celebration.

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Since 1969 the Presidential Classroom has provided more than 83,000 of American's top students with unprecedented access to Washington's halls of power and the people shaping public policy. Alumni have gone on to be leaders in their own community and many, like U.S. Rep. Chet Edwards (Texas) and U.S. Sen. Robert Torricilli (New Jersey) have returned to Washington as public servants.

The Presidential Classroom also offers programs in business, government, science, technology, public policy, the media and democracy, and for international students, the Future World Leaders Summit.

Presidential Classroom calls for outstanding student leaders to become active citizens. To participate, students must be juniors or seniors in high school, hold a “B” average or higher or rank in the top 25 percent of their class, and be involved in community or school co-curricular activities.