To the editor:

If the 561 high school students from 55 Utah schools who recently traveled to Washington, D.C., to participate in the Close Up Foundation government studies program are indicative of the entire student community, then I would like to report that our future is in good hands.For a full week, the students had the opportunity to visit Washington and develop a better understanding of our democratic process. While here, they saw congressional proceedings and questioned journalists and government experts as they shared their views with students from other areas of the country.

They returned home with a deeper awareness of their responsibilities as citizens and the realization that a single individual can make a difference. Their enthusiasm for involvement in the democratic process is to be admired.

The experience on Close Up was made possible only through the strong support of their parents, teacher and schools. Also, various companies and organizations helped make Close Up fellowships available to students in financial need. These sponsors include: Burger King Corporation; Producers Livestock Marketing Association; and Union Pacific Foundation.

Susan Henderson

Outreach coordinator

Close Up Foundation