February 12, 2014

MASON -- Mars Hill Academy's ninth through twelfth grade students loaded up a bus and headed to our nation's Capitol during the January deep freeze to visit Capitol Hill, tour the Supreme Court building, hear from a variety of nationally recognized speakers, and participate in the March for Life.

The snow shut down most of the tourist attractions during their visit, but Congressman Dr. Brad Wenstrup (OH – 2nd District) escorted the students on a private tour of the Capitol building. Because the building was virtually empty, students began to sing, their voices rising to the dome of the rotunda, and through the Statuary Hall (video here).

"How many students can say they have sung songs of praise in the Capitol building?" commented Mars Hill sophomore Grace Milligan.

Other activities included a tour of the Supreme Court building, participating in the March for Life reception hosted by Rep. Brad Wenstrup (OH – 2nd District) and Rep. Steve Chabot (OH – 1st District), and hearing from Congressman Jim Jordan (OH – 4th District) along with other speakers at the Hillsdale College Kirby Center.

"One thing that will always stick with me was a quote from one of our speakers, 'It's always the right time to do the right thing'," said Kyle Oedy, Mars Hill senior.

Many students were inspired by speakers who encouraged them to become involved in causes for which they are passionate. Freshman Salome Palmer said, "At Mars Hill Academy, we are being educated and prepared for more than just college and our vocation. We are being prepared to go into our world and make a difference, and the time to begin is now."

Photo: Mars Hill Academy high school students stand in front of the Supreme Court building during a recent trip to Washington, D.C.