Two Mount View High School were selected for and attended the 2011 Congressional Academy for American History and Civics, held June 26 to July 8.

Wendy Gibbs of Brooks and Amanda Larrabee of Jackson both attended the Academy.

111 high school juniors from across the country were selected to participate in the two-week Congressional Academy, which was held in Washington. D.C., coordinated by the Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio and funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

These students were led by scholars of American history and government in a careful study of the pivotal turning points in American history memorialized by the Declaration of Independence, the Gettysburg Address and the “I Have a Dream” speech.

Participating students took day trips to Philadelphia and Gettysburg, studied the American Revolution and Founding, the Civil War, and the Civil Rights movement. During their stay, participants were surrounded by the streets and halls, the battlefields, public places, and private lodgings where the history that was studied took place.

Beginning with three documents, studying in three cities, the Congressional Academy aims to understand three great turning points in American history. According to a press release from the Academy, participating students saw how these key events, infused with fundamental ideas, shaped and continue to shape our national identity, our public institutions, and our public discourse. Participants in this Academy joined in a conversation across time about the most important issues facing America in 1776, 1863, 1963 and today.