PLANT CITY Plant City High School senior Kellyanne Hurst was among nine students who recently visited Washington, D.C., as a guest of U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross.
The students, who live in Ross’ district, toured multiple sites including the U.S. Capitol, Arlington Cemetery, the U.S. Supreme Court, the Pentagon, and met members of Florida’s delegation, including U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio.
The students were selected for the five-day Congressional Classroom program based on a rigorous application process lasting multiple months. About 30 students applied for the slots.
Ross, a Lakeland Republican, said he was impressed by the students.
“They’re sharp and have worked hard to get here. I am impressed by their poise and gumption,” he said.
Hurst, 17, said she learned a lot.
“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.”
Her favorite parts of the trip included meeting members of the Congressional delegation and talking with World War II veterans who were in Washington as part of the Honor Flight program. Hurst said she took the opportunity to thank the veterans for their service to the country.
Other students who participated from the region included: Hailey Palmer, Bartow High School; Amanda Schell, International Baccalaureate program at Bartow High; 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; and Jesse Hudson, Summerlin Academy.