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NY Mills students visit Washington D.C., New York City

Several high school students from New York Mills recently returned from an eight-day/seven-night trip to Washington, D.C. and New York City. The trip was coordinated with the Close Up Foundation - an organization that provides students the opportunity to see democracy in action.

Using the nation's capital as a living classroom, the 18 students were given a "close up" view of government - interacting with the people, processes and places that make our nation's capitol unique.

The students visited Washington's famous monuments, memorials and institutions. They were also able to meet with Sen. Al Franken, Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Rep. Collin Peterson.

The trip ended in New York City, where students studied famous historical sites such as the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the United Nations, Ground Zero and Wall Street, among others.

The students worked to raise funds for the trip for over two years, according to trip leader Jason Boe.

The NY Mills High School has been working with the Close Up Foundation since 1989. For families with current freshmen or sophomore students who are interested in participating in the 2013 trip, contact the NY Mills Social Studies Department.

Seniors Frank Peeters, Spencer Imsande, Missy Pyle, Missy Paavola, Micaela Lausten, Kayla Thompson, Amie Anderson, Cole Strand and Cannon Wolk, and juniors Jenna Esala, Kristin Kane, Becky Wegscheid, Rachel Kraft, Chelsa Hoffnekamp, Nic LeTourneau, Kyle Vorderbruggen, Sam Slieter and Terry Lillis all participated in the trip.