Rhea Stratton and Shealyn S. Brand, students at Southwest High School in El Centro, will attend the Presidential Classroom Scholars Program from March 16-23 in Washington, D.C.
Presidential Classroom gives high school juniors and seniors an introduction to how the federal government works. The week's activities will include visiting senators' and representatives' offices from the student's state and observing congressional meetings. Other program highlights include a CIA briefing, a mock presidential election with student candidates and a tour of the White House.
Rhea and Shealyn will join hundreds of high school students from across the country and abroad. Students will take part in seminars presented by leaders representing each branch of government, the military, media and other Washington insiders. Small-group workshops will enable students to debate issues such as the role of the media in the American political process.
To become a presidential scholar, students must be high school juniors or seniors with at least a 3.0 grade-point average. Presidential Classroom also offers scholarships to students with a 3.8 or above grade-point average and financial need.