Horry County students represent area well during trip to nation’s capital

June 05, 2017

Horry County student Allison Williams
sings the National Anthem at the
Lincoln Memorial

Trey and AllisonHTC is proud to sponsor two local students' trip to Washington, D.C., as part of the Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) program.

Paul “Trey” Richardson, representing Scholars Academy, and Allison Williams, representing Early College High School, were selected by school guidance counselors and HTC, and are in Washington this week.

Trey is writing a blog and submitting photos from the trip. Here's what he says thus far:

Day 1

So far we've had an awesome time! We arrived at Washington on a smooth flight and were able to find our way to the hotel with the help of the FRS representatives.

Washington MonumentWe were able to talk to a variety of people from all over the USA about different issues affecting our rural communities.

We were split into groups for our travels tomorrow and are excited for our activities ahead of us. 

Day 2

Today was really amazing and packed with lots of stuff. We were able to pay our respects to the fallen soldiers buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Afterwards, we were given the opportunity to visit any of the Smithsonian museums along the National Mall. We visited the Air and Space Museum, the Natural History Museum, the American History Museum, and the Art Museum.

Vietnam MemorialAfter all that, we stopped for dinner at Union Station and then headed off for our nighttime tour. We were able to visit the WWII memorial, the Vietnam and Korea memorials, and the Lincoln Memorial.

We've had an action-packed day and cannot wait for what's ahead. 

Day 3

We started off our morning with a visit to Capitol Hill. We were able to meet and hear some of the representatives from the NTCA (The Royal Broadband Association) and we were able to learn all of the different issues facing our communities and the benefits of broadband connection. After that, we were able to go on tours of the Capitol building, the Supreme Court, or the Library of Congress.

We chose to visit the Capitol and were able to explore and learn about all the different ways policy is created and formed in government. We then visited the Iwo Jima memorial and then went off for a night of bowling.

Tomorrow we will visit the FCC and the Newseum. 

 

Last Day

We were sad to see the last day come so quickly. To begin our morning, we started at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and were able to hear from a variety of speakers on the role of the FCC in our daily lives.

Afterwards, we took a visit to the Newseum, a museum dedicated entirely to our news in America and abroad. We were able to see pieces of the Berlin Wall and the 9/11 towers as well as many of the Pulitzer Prize images.

We then took a trip to visit George Washingtons home in Mount Vernon and were able to witness firsthand what his life was like. When we got back to our hotel, we partied like there was no tomorrow.

It's been a really amazing trip and we are saddened to return home tomorrow. 

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