Tester, Walsh meet with Montana students in Washington

WASHINGTON - Senators Jon Tester and John Walsh today met with students from high schools across Montana to answer questions and welcome them to the nation's capital.

The students traveled to Washington, D.C. as part of the Close Up High School program.  Close Up programs bring high school student groups to the nation's capital to give them an inside look at the federal government.

The student groups participating in the Close Up program are from Anaconda Honors & Alternative High School, West Yellowstone High School, and Arlee High School.

"I was impressed by the knowledge these students possess, and how much excitement they demonstrated over their trip to Washington," Walsh said.  "They asked great questions that clearly showed that they are already taking an active part in our democracy."

"Close Up gives these young Montanans a chance to learn about our nation's government and inspires our next generation of leaders," said Tester, a former teacher.  "These students understand the challenges of their generation, and I always look forward to answering their questions and encouraging them to stay involved in their communities."

At today's meeting in the Senate, the students were eager to hear about everything from public service to Yellowstone bison.  The students also asked about the Keystone XL Pipeline.

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