I would like to thank the Payson Roundup, and all of the people who donated to my trip to Washington, D.C.
While in D.C., I attended lectures, met politicians, visited monuments, and spent the day at the Capitol. All of this was made possible by the many people who supported me, and donated to my trip.
I met 115 students from all over the country, and many from U.S. bases around the world.
I met so many strong leaders who share an interest in politics and government.
Many of these students will be life-long friends of mine, and maybe even running mates.
We visited such sights as Arlington National Cemetery, Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, and the Vietnam and Korean Memorials.
We were able to meet with our local representatives and senator while spending the day at the Capitol.
I received a gallery pass from Rick Renzi, so I was able to watch a congressional meeting in the House of Representatives. I am now working with Rick Renzi about doing an internship in Prescott, then later in Washington, D.C.
My interest in politics grew tremendously while attending the Congressional Student Leadership Conference. I earned two college credits at the conference, so it wasn't really all fun and no work. We attended many lectures and classes on U.S. History and Government. I helped create, develop, and present a bill. I learned so much about the Parliamentary Procedures, and how a bill is passed.
I plan, now more than ever, to run for U.S. Congress. I was so inspired by the action in Washington, D.C., I am now counting down the days until I am able to run for congress.
I would like to thank all of the people who donated to my trip, and the Payson Roundup for its support.
I hope that I can repay you by being a good politician, but more so, a good person. I am counting on your votes though.
Thank you so much.
Holly Elizabeth Lane, Pine