4-H member reflects on Washington trip | SkyHiNews.com

4-H member reflects on Washington trip

Anna Soltis, special to the Sky-Hi News

Every year National 4-H Headquarters hosts an event called Citizen Washington Focus where members from across America spend an all-expenses-paid week in Washington, D.C.

During that time 4-Hers learn about leadership, civics and our nation’s capitol all while forging new friendships.

When I attended this summer, there were about 180 other delegates from the following states: Colorado, California, Florida, Michigan, West Virginia, Kansas and Indiana.

For one action-packed week, we toured Washington, D.C., participated in leadership workshops and team-building activities. We also learned about the legislative process as we drafted bills and voted on them in “Congress.” I experienced the many joys and tribulations of our country’s history as I sat on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial; walked the peaceful, beautiful grounds of our First President’s home, Mount Vernon; and, saw my reflection in the marble wall of the Vietnam memorial where thousands of soldiers’ names are engraved. We toured everything from the impressive Capitol building to the colossal, awe-inspiring National Cathedral to the somber and thought-provoking Arlington National Cemetery.

During our “Day at the Capitol,” we toured the Library of Congress and met with some of our respective U.S. senators and representatives. Briefly stated, it was an amazing trip – one that I’ll remember for many years to come!

Thank you to all the people who made our trip possible!

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