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4ba79231e30d1The Close Up students pose in front of the U.S. Capitol.
Close Up students on the steps of the U.S. Capitol had the opportunity to ask questions to U.S. Senator Mike Johanns (R-Nebraska).
Close Up students on the steps of the U.S. Capitol with Nebraska Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (R).
2010 WHS Close Up group at Mount Vernon, in front of George Washington's mansion.
The Close Up students pose in front of the U.S. Capitol.

Mr. Mueller Journals 2010 Close Up Trip

Daily Highlights of This Year's Tour of Washington, D.C.

Friday 3-19-10:

Our flight from Kansas City was on time and very smooth. We landed in D.C. at 9:30 a.m. It is absolutely beautiful out here! High of 75 degrees today. Our first stop was at Fort McHenry in Baltimore: the birthplace of the Star Spangled Banner. We then traveled south to Annapolis and went on a tour of the United States Naval Academy. We hopped on our bus and then checked in to the hotel in D.C. Dinner at the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City.

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4ba79231e30d1Close Up students tour the National Cathedral.
Close Up students tour the National Cathedral.
Saturday 3-20-10:

Once again, another beautiful day. Spring has definitely sprung out here. Today we visited Mount Vernon (the home of George Washington), the National Cathedral, and the National Zoo. Students seem to particularly enjoy the architecture at the National Cathedral. At night we had a pizza party at the hotel. 

Sunday 3-21-10:

Very busy day today. We got up early and transferred our luggage to the new hotel, then it was off to Arlington National Cemetery, where we saw the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, John F. Kennedy's gravesite, and the home of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.  

We then took the Metro over to the Washington Monument, where students got a great view of the capitol city from the top of the monument. Students then had the humbling experience of visiting the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. We had lunch at the Natural History Museum and then toured the American History Museum. 

It was a crazy day on Capitol Hill with both a huge immigration rally and protests for the health care bill. What a day for us to be out on Capitol Hill. It was quite exciting! Students checked in with the Close Up program tonight and will begin full time on the program tomorrow. Check back throughout the week for updates!

Monday 3-22-10:

The weather has turned in D.C. from sunny and 75 to cool and rainy. Students began the Close Up program full time today. Much of their time was spent on the National Mall. We began the day with study visits at both the Jefferson Memorial on the tidal basin and the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial. Students then visited the National Air and Space Museum for lunch and participated in a Washington D.C. neighborhood study visit in the afternoon. This evening we participated in a domestic issues workshop, where students had the opportunity to discuss important issues facing our country with other students from a number of different states.

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4ba79231e30d12010 WHS Close Up group at Mount Vernon, in front of George Washington's mansion
2010 WHS Close Up group at Mount Vernon, in front of George Washington's mansion

Tuesday 3-23-10:

This morning at 7:30 a.m. central time, students participated in a live broadcast interview on C-Span from the National Archives with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

Students began the day early with breakfast at 6:00 a.m., and then headed off to the National Archives for the live C-Span broadcast with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Some of our students had the opportunity to even ask him some questions. What an opportunity! See the above link to watch the program. 

After the C-Span broadcast, students headed back down to the National Mall and visited the WWII Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans' Memorial, and the Lincoln Memorial. Tonight students participated in a mock Congress in which they learned the process of making, debating, and passing legislation.  

Tomorrow is Capitol Hill Day, where students will have the chance to meet with our congressional representatives from Nebraska. It was another busy day, but a great one. The sun is supposed to reappear tomorrow with a high near 70. Check back tomorrow for new photos from Capitol Hill!

Wednesday 3-24-10:

Today was Capitol Hill day. We started the day off with a tour of the U.S. Capitol building at 9:00 a.m. Students were able to tour the building and then visit the Senate gallery, where we got to see none other then the distinguished senator from Arizona, John McCain, arguing against the health care bill. It was pretty neat to see him in person and he gave a pretty impassioned argument against the country's growing deficit and debt.  

We then met with Congressman Jeff Fortenberry on the steps of the capitol, where he answered students' questions and took photos. We also met with Senator Mike Johanns for a similar experience. 

That evening we attended the play "Shear Madness" at the Kennedy Center. It was definitely a hit with students. Tomorrow we will head to the National Archives.

Thursday 3-25-10:

We began the day with a tour of the National Archives, where students were able to view The Charters of Freedom, including: The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, and The Bill of Rights. It was a pretty amazing experience.  

Students then had independent study time. Many chose to explore the neighborhoods of Chinatown and Georgetown during this time. Tonight students had their final workshop on how to take this experience back home and put it into action. At the end of the night we had a final banquet and a dance. 

Tomorrow we will visit the Natural History Museum and then hop on a flight out of Baltimore to head home. It has been an absolutely amazing week! This has definitely been a once in a lifetime trip for everyone out here.


Mr. Mueller Journals 2010 Close Up Trip


Mar 22, 2010

I hope ya'll are having a BLAST out there! I hope that we back here will see some Wahoo students on C-Span again this year! Jump at every opportunity up there! You WON'T regret it! Have fun and be safe!
Jodi Cihal
High School Secretary

Mar 22, 2010

Glad to hear the weather is great there. Sounds like everything is going well and the students got to see some events going on they will probable never get to see again. Great experience. You students keep Mr. Mueller and Mr. Anderson in line. Don't forget the secretaries like T-shirts. Have a great time and see ya all next week.
Scott O'S

Mar 24, 2010

Hey guys hope your having fun. Miss you much. - Scooty O.
wahoo high schoolstudent

Mar 24, 2010

hope you have fun miss you guys and gals =Caleb freese
scott o's

Mar 25, 2010

LOL, you met John McCain. And are those other two from Nebraska, because i think they are. And will you be back tommorow?