|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.
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.
Back to Campus
|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.
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.