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Ross Welcomes Students from Polk and Hillsborough Counties to the U.S. Capitol

Students participating in Congressional Classroom through the Randy Roberts Foundation

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WASHINGTON, Sep 20, 2013 | Katie Hughes | comments
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U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross (FL-15) welcomed nine students from across Florida’s 15th Congressional District to Washington D.C. The students were accompanied by four chaperones. The students were in Washington, D.C. for five days from Saturday, Sept. 14 through Wednesday, Sept. 18. While they were in Washington, D.C., they toured multiple sites including the U.S. Capitol, Arlington Cemetery, the U.S. Supreme Court, the Pentagon, and met with Senator Rubio (R-Fla.), Reps. Ross (FL-15), Webster (FL-10), Nugent (FL-11), DeSantis (FL-06), Yoho (FL-03), and Southerland (FL-02).

In order to be selected to participate in the Congressional Classroom, each student had to participate in a rigorous application process lasting multiple months. The Congressional Classroom, which is sponsored by the Randy Roberts Foundation, sent detailed packets of information to each high school in Florida’s 15th Congressional District. Each school could send three candidates to the interview round. They wrote essays and then participated in the interview process. About 30 students initially applied for these coveted spots.


“These students are incredible,” said Ross. “They’re sharp and have worked hard to get here. I am impressed by their poise and gumption. I am proud and encouraged that these are the future leaders of America.”

“It is really cool to see how the political process works in Washington, D.C. There is a lot behind the scenes that goes into it that I would have never known.” - Kellyanne Hurst (Plant City High School)

“Being up here in D.C. has been life changing. Through Congressional Classroom I will be a better, more educated voter.” - Hailey Palmer (Bartow High School)

“The Congressional Classroom has given me a lot of perspective on what I want to do in my life. It has taught me about the hard work put in every day for the government and how this future generation is going to shape it.” - Rory Teal (Kathleen High School)



Students who participated in the 2013 Congressional Classroom:
Hailey Palmer - Bartow High School
Amanda Schell - IB at Bartow
Landon Schneider - George Jenkins High School
Sydney Silvester – Harrison School of Performing Arts
Rory Teal – Kathleen High School
Ashlyne Wells - Lakeland Christian School
Taylor Montgomery - McKeel Academy
Kellyanne Hurst - Plant City High School
Jesse Hudson - Summerlin Academy



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