Archive for Thursday, December 7, 2000

EHS Close Up Club sees presidential election up close

December 7, 2000

With the presidential election still lacking a conclusion, some Eudora High students recall their stay in the nation`s Capitol during one of the most controversial elections in history.

The EHS Close Up Club studies local, state and national governments. From Nov. 5 to 11, the club was in Washington D.C. for a conference and got to see this historical event unfold.

EHS government teacher and Close Up sponsor Chad Eshbaugh led the group. He said the trip offered a unique outlook to the election and the workings of politics. Eshbaugh said the group met up with other Close Up Club and shared viewpoints during the trip.

"It`s a chance to study politics in one of the most important cities in the world, politically speaking," Eshbaugh said. "We got a chance not only to talk about government, but to do so with people from different states."

While in Washington D.C., students attended workshops, seminars and participated in group discussions regarding politics and political issues. Eshbaugh said the group also got to see people protesting the election while there.

"It was pretty wild," Eshbaugh said. "Being in Washington D.C. while the whole election was going on was exciting."

This was the first year for senior Neil Dunavin to attend. While he wished he had gone sooner, he enjoyed the experience and said it was informative.

"They jam all kinds of information down your throat," Dunavin said. "They told us so many things about politics while we were there."

Even though the students attended many workshops learning about politics, Dunavin said the group was caught up in the election even outside of the learning session.

"Everybody stayed up all night trying to figure out who the next president was going to be," Dunavin said.

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