Government 101: Pueblo West students tour nation’s capital as part of San Isabel program
Two Pueblo West High School seniors learned just what makes the federal government tick on Capital Hill during a week-long leadership camp in Washington D.C. thanks to the sponsorship of the San Isabel Electric Coop.
Students Ashylnn Danielson and Sherri Wood talked to Colorado congressmen, learned about how government works and toured historic monuments. The camp was, “truly life changing for me,” Wood said.
After submitting a minute-long video about one of the seven principals of a coop, the students were selected by San Isabel Electric staffers to receive the all-expense paid trip.
“It was an amazing opportunity we got to meet our representatives for Colorado - including our Congressman Scott Tipton - and we got to ask questions,” Wood said. “I’ve always been interested in government so to be able to go to Washington D.C., our nation’s capital, is an amazing experience.”
Wood said she learned about government like how bills become laws and the voting process on Capital Hill. She learned about political advocacy like when constituents write letters, the congressmen read them.
“You are connected to D.C. through your congressmen and representatives. They know the problems we face and they are being worked on,” Wood said.
Danielson said the week kicked off with a trip to Tri-State Electric which supplies area coops with electricity. In Washington D.C., she said she gained a better understanding of how the nation started.
“You see your congressmen on TV so to finally get the opportunity to meet them, it is an impact. It is great to see them touching base with the community and youth,” Danielson said.
She said she was impacted most by the Holocaust Museum which she described as “eye opening,” and the Lincoln and Vietnam Memorials which were, “breathtaking in person.”
The conference helped her learn to be “more accepting of others and different views. It gives you a different perspective of what people are going through,” Danielson explained.
Doris Morgan, the Pueblo West representative on the San Isabel Electric Board, said, “It is great how San Isabel gives back to the community.”