Eight Serra students experienced an incredible week in politics in Washington, D.C., last week with history teacher Kevin Carey during Serra's 14th annual Close Up Trip.
It was a particularly timely trip this year, from November 10 through November 16, a week when the Supreme Court was hearing arguments concerning DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and the House of Representatives was holding a public impeachment inquiry.
According to Serra Junior Owen Christensen, the trip was extremely memorable.
"Close Up challenged me and helped me understand my beliefs while giving me a better understanding of our government," he said.
The trip, which encompasses one week of learning about the inner workings of the United States government, allows students to meet face-to-face with members of Congress, leading policy experts, and influential lobbyists during speaker sessions and debates.
Congresswoman Jackie Speier took time out to greet Serra students on the steps of the Capitol just before going into the impeachment inquiry. Students also visited famous memorials and monuments and met peers from around the globe to learn about their important role as citizens in a democracy.
Having other students from around the country allowed students to see new perspectives, according to Serra Senior Shane Carolan.
"Close Up allowed me to gain a better understanding of the different political ideas while also developing new bonds with kids from around the country," Carolan said.