WASHINGTON, D.C. – Twenty-one Maine 4-H teens spent the week of July 13 in Washington, D.C., learning how the national government works in the leadership program called Citizenship Washington Focus. The program was held at the National 4-H Center in Chevy Chase, Md. Maine members were joined by more than 350 youth from Wisconsin, California, West Virginia, Arkansas and New York.

During the week, the teens participated in mock legislative sessions, which consisted of writing, presenting and debating bills. They also visited the memorials, monuments, Smithsonian museums, the National Zoo and a local dinner theater.

They met with Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins and Reps. Tom Allen and Michael Michaud.

Area participants were Brian Keene of Canton, Colt Carter of Richmond, Emily Davis of Cumberland, Anna Perry of Farmington, Tonya Gould of Gardiner and Elizabeth Slattery of Gilead.


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