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By Teresa Bigham/The Hesperian-Beacon—
LOCKNEY – Four lucky students have a chance of a lifetime. Mary Jane Sanchez, Elias Alverez, Isabella Garcia and Ernest Alvarez were chosen by the Close-Up Foundation to take part in a non-profit program that aims to build students sense of political efficacy.
The Close-Up Foundation is a non-profit, non-partisan civic education organization in Washington, D.C. The founder, Steve Janger saw a growing skepticism among young people surrounding American government and policies.
Janger was driven by desire to help the Nationals youth gain a better understanding of their government. He founded the Close-Up Foundation in 1971, which was the same year 18-year olds were granted the right to vote.
During its first year, Close-Up facilitated its first Washington High School Program with over 500 student participants from Florida, Oklahoma, and Texas. Since the beginning of this program over 850,000 students and teachers have participated.
“These four Lockney High School students were chosen from an essay they wrote and submitted,” said the Lockney migrant coordinator, Olga Martinez. “These four students are in our migrant program and have worked very hard for this. I know that each one will walk away from this experience with some of the best memories they’ll ever have.”