Rochester Students Participate in Mock Congress in Nation's Capital

Rochester High School history and government students learned more about how the governing process works during a recent trip to Washington, DC.

Rochester High School students gather on the steps of the U.S. Capitol building. (Photo submitted)
Rochester High School students gather on the steps of the U.S. Capitol building. (Photo submitted)

On June 4-6, 50 Rochester High School students enrolled in advanced placement classes in U.S. government and politics and U.S. history traveled to Washington, DC.

While there, the students took part in a mock congress, where they  studied the phases of democracy, the legislative process, and the balance between war and civil liberties, as well as the liberal and conservative perspective on current policy.

Students met with U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, D-Michigan, and discussed current tax reform legislation as well as current issues.  

Students also met with the French Diplomat of Communication, at the French Embassy to discuss the French and international perspective on U.S. policy and decisions. 

Rochester High School students visited major sites in the nation’s capital, some including: Jefferson Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, FDR Memorial, Washington Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam War, Korean War and World War II Memorial, the 9/11 Pentagon Memorial, the Washington Monument, the Supreme Court, the Capitol, the White House, the Newseum and several Smithsonians.  

Chaperones for this trip were Laura Matthews, Chad Zwolinski, Kara Sears, Julie Harris and Deputy John Ashley.


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