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4-H Citizenship Washington Focus celebrated its 55tn year road trip to Washington, D .C. with 268 participating 4-H members from nine states June 26 to July 7, 2014. A.J. Wertzberger, Alma, was nominated to represent Wabaunsee County in the Kansas delegation of 47 members, ages 15-19 years old. The purpose of this state-sponsored event is to get a close-up view of the political process through visits to Capitol Hill. Students met with Kansas Congressional and Senate delegates to discuss legislative issues. 4-H members participated in committees, workshops, and assembly groups to learn life skills and to discuss possible solutions to domestic and international problems. Other highlights of the trip included visits to memorials and historical sites such as the Liberty Bell, Constitution Hall, Arlington Cemetery, Mount Vernon, the National Mall, the National Cathedral, Gettysburg, and Flight 33 Memorial. The students refined their understanding of the definition of citizenship and leadership through the connections to these historical events and places that helped to shape America. Overlooking the nations' Capitol on July 4tn to watch the fireworks celebration from the Iwo Jima Memorial was one of the most unforgettable sites of a lifetime and will long be remembered in the hearts and mind of this delegation.

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Original Publication Date: July 17, 2014

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