The North Bend Eagle


Students get inside view of Washington, D.C.

Published 4/6/16

North Bend Central students Carley Nelson, Allison Lux, Alex Humlicek, Taylor Harms and Jessica Holub went to Washington, D.C., for CloseUp March 13 - 18 accompanied by teacher Ken Streff. The students got not only tours of the nation’s capital but a hands-on experience on how the nation’s government functions.

NBC CloseUpNBC students Alex Humlicek, Allison Lux, Carley Nelson, Taylor Harms and Jessica Holub pose in front of the U.S. Supreme Court duing their CloseUp trip to Washington, D.C.

The week, as guided by the Close-Up Foundation, allows hundreds of students from around the country to see all the monuments and memorials and learn the amazing stories behind them. Each day finished with the students attending workshops in the evening to discuss current political issues that are being debated within our government.

The North Bend students flew to D.C. early on March 13. That afternoon Streff took them to Georgetown University where they were able to see some of the historical architecture. On Monday and Tuesday, the students were guided through tours of the memorials. In the evenings, they prepped for their visit to Capitol Hill on Wednesday.

While on Capitol Hill, the students from NBC, Logan View and Columbus High met with Representative Jeff Fortenberry along with hearing Senators Ben Sasse and Deb Fischer speak about the issues that are currently affecting Nebraska citizens. They also toured the Library of Congress and the Holocaust Museum.

From the steps of the U.S. Capitol building, Streff used his phone to video chat to students at North Bend Elementary.

Students were able to end a busy day by taking in an NBA basketball game between the Washington Wizards and Chicago Bulls. On Thursday, students took final tours of the area around the White House and wrapping up the day with a tour guided by Streff of Arlington National Cemetery. The program concluded with a banquet and dance Thursday night before heading home Friday.

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