A group of Central Lakes College students spent their spring break learning about politics and government during a trip to Washington, D.C.

Led by CLC political science instructor Steve Wenzel, the trip included students from political science courses, Student Senate and a student political club.

The trip included a congressional tour of the White House, a tour of the Pentagon, and a personal tour of the U.S. Capitol with Congressman Pete Stauber and his staff. The students also visited Arlington National Cemetery and the graves of John F. Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and those of Edward and Robert Kennedy. They also witnessed the Changing of the Guard ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.

Students visited Ford's Theater, where Abraham Lincoln was shot, and the Peterson House, where he died. The students saw the monuments and memorials of Lincoln, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. They visited the World War II and Vietnam War memorials and the National Archives, and attended Sunday morning church services at the historic cathedral of St. Matthew's, which was attended by the Kennedys during his White House years and hosted JFK's funeral.

"All in all, this was an action-packed trip in which the students' enthusiasm and motivation for government and positive politics were enhanced," Wenzel said in a news release.