Alton student to attend Washington program

Thursday, June 17, 2004

ALTON -- Alton High School student Summer Dawn Herring will attend the Presidential Classroom Scholars Program July 3-10 in Washington, D.C.

Presidential Classroom provides the best and brightest high school juniors and seniors access to the leaders who shape America's public policy.

Herring said during the week-long program she and other PC Scholars interact with Washington insiders including members of Congress, presidential appointees, senior military officials as well as top business leaders and journalists.

Herring will have the opportunity to observe Congress in action, visit congressional offices and debate current issues with peers from across the country and abroad. She will also get to visit sites of the nation's capital such as the White House and Arlington National Cemetery. She said additional program highlights include a Central Intelligence Agency briefing, a mock presidential election and foreign embassy visits.

Herring said she is excited about her July trip to the nation's capital. "When beginning my journey to Washington for Presidential Classrooms I had many things that threatened to hold me back. However, with the help of my family and friends I overcame those obstacles and I appreciate the help showed me by everyone, including the businesses that believed in me. Most of all, though, I thank God for blessing me with this opportunity and help," she said.

The Presidential Class-room was started in 1968 and since that time has provided over 100,000 of the brightest and best students from the United States and abroad access to the federal government and the leaders who shape public policies.

Herring is the daughter of Frank and Charlene Herring of Alton. She will be a senior this fall at Alton High School.

Herring said after graduation she wants to attend college in Texas.

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