There are many good schools in our state, but there are few outstanding schools. I'm proud to say that Alyeska Central School (ACS), State Correspondence School based in Juneau, is one of those few. Recently I had the awesome opportunity to visit Washington, D.C., for the Close-Up program with five other high school students from ACS. It was a great experience. We visited the Oval Office, Roosevelt Room, Committee Room and Rose Garden in the White House, went to Smithsonian museums, visited Capitol Hill and the Russian Embassy. While attending a Senate hearing, we ran into Sens. Hillary Clinton and Edward Kennedy. We also met our state's congressional delegation with whom we discussed foreign policies and ANWR. The entire trip was a week of learning.
During the week I was in DC, it also came to my attention that bill HB516, which proposes to close my school down, was introduced in the state Legislature. I hope that this bill will not be introduced in the next session and that the school will remain open so that other students will have the opportunities I had. I thank the ACS and my teacher, Alexander Dolitsky, for showing me so much in so little time. It's one memory that I will always cherish.