At McGehee, the junior class trip to Washington, DC is infinitely more than a sightseeing tour. The juniors have been immersed all year in the federal government, learning its role and intricacies. Eleventh graders dove right into the action upon arrival. They paid visits to Members of Congress and engaged in productive discussions on issues of interest to them. Minority Whip, Congressman Steve Scalise spent time with the group and was very impressed with the girls' "know how" on current events and the role of the U.S. Congress. A highlight of the trip was a nighttime tour of the Capitol with Congressman Garrett Graves of Baton Rouge and a visit to the House floor. As Anita Dongieux ‘21 reflected, “It’s one thing to learn Government from podcasts, articles, and textbooks, but it’s another thing to learn it from standing in front of your Senator’s office, sitting on the House floor, and touring the Supreme Court. Getting to speak with Senator Jeff Merkley at his constituent breakfast taught me to never doubt myself and how informed I am about politics.” The Class of 2021 also volunteered at DC Central Kitchen, lending a hand in preparing some of the 5,000 meals a day that DC Central Kitchen provides to homeless shelters and schools throughout the District. The girls also had a special behind the scenes tour of the forensic anthropology department at the Smithsonian with Jennifer Zitt's mentor, Dr. Doug Owsley. Of course no trip to Washington is complete without memorials, monuments, museums, and a dinner with McGehee alumnae who live in the Washington area.