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2013 NPS: One Student's Journey

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2013 National Policy Seminar Iowa CTSO Students

The Iowa student delegation braves the cold on Capitol Hill at the 2013 National Policy Seminar. Left to right: Marshall Dolch, FFA, Iowa State  University; Caroline Closson, FCCLA, Van Meter High School; Samantha Johnson, Iowa HOSA President, Sioux City; Sanjay Koduvalli, Iowa TSA Vice President, Johnston High School; and Tim Stammeyer, Iowa DECA President, Newton High School. 

By: Timothy Stammeyer, Iowa Student Ambassador and Iowa DECA President

Amidst the scattered snowflakes, animated atmosphere and momentous memorials of Washington, D.C., a small town Iowan embarked on the biggest journey of his life. This young man has always wished to make a tremendous impact in the world. The National Policy Seminar provided the perfect opportunity for him to advocate for the importance of CTE, for the importance of youth in the nation and for the importance of being united towards a common goal. This young man, of course, is me.

Upon embarking on my first day to the capital, I quickly realized that the nation's capital was vastly different from my home town. Public transportation and passing through metal detectors at every public building was a unique new experience. As I sat down to meet with my representatives and senators, however, I felt much more at home. In the modern era, the view of government is unanimously negative. This view, I quickly realized, was incredibly unfounded. After each meeting, I felt a heightened sense of companionship and citizenship. Our elected officials genuinely care for the citizens they represent.

Furthermore, CTE turned out to be a bipartisan issue. Education is the most vital tool in strengthening the economy, creating and filling jobs, and maintaining peaceful relations. I believe we all need to find something to agree on. CTE provides this common ground. We all believe in education and the youth of tomorrow. The National Policy Seminar is the vehicle to bring citizens from across the nation together. We met with different thoughts, from different walks of life and with different stories, but we united with a single mission-to provide needed opportunity to the students of today and of tomorrow. I thank ACTE for this opportunity and hope the seminar is successful in its future endeavors.

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