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By Marc Lutz
Wrangell Sentinel 

D.C. trip helps teens get Close Up to nation's political process


Courtesy of Sarah Merritt

Six students from Wrangell took a trip to Washington, D.C., as part of the Close Up program. The students also traveled to New York City.

Six teens returned to Wrangell on May 2 after nine days in Washington, D.C., and New York City. The trip is part of the national Close Up program which aims to get kids more engaged in the political process.

Along with chaperone Sarah Merritt, seniors Jimmy Baggen, Sophia Hagelman and Tyson Messmer, juniors Paige Baggen and Ashleigh Loomis and sophomore Sierra Hagelman were able to visit sites of historic interest, meet with and hear from various political leaders, and participate in lively debates.

The program and trip has been in Wrangell since the 1970s, after Close Up was established in...

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