Close Up Trip

5 students pose in front of the WWII Memorial

By: Brian Ham
Social Studies Instructor

April 6-14, 6 seniors from DHS went on the annual Close Up trip to Washington D.C. and New York City. The students got a “close up” look at how government works by participating in discussions and simulations that give participants a deeper understanding of history, government institutions, current issues, and the role of citizens. The ultimate goal of Close Up is to inspire every person to find their voice and to help young people develop critical skills for tackling the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. 

Students posting in front of the US CapitolFor 8 days, students traveled around D.C. and New York City as they took in the sites and culture of our nation’s capital and largest city. They visited the awe-inspiring monuments, toured the buildings of our government, visited the changing of the guard at Arlington National Cemetery, and met with our state’s representatives. They experienced the diversity and energy of Times Square, felt the tragedy of September 11 at the memorials, and felt the excitement of being at a live Broadway musical.

Students paid for their trip by participating in various fundraising activities throughout their 4 years at DHS, but the trip certainly would not have been possible without the support of several Dickinson organizations and businesses who offered opportunities to fundraise or gave generous donations for the trip. However, the students themselves said the hard work was worth it, as the trip was incredibly fun and educational.

Dickinson High School has been participating in Close Up for over 35 years, and it has become a tradition. If you are interested in getting involved in the program, contact Brian Ham at or stop in and see him in person in room #313 at DHS.