Gowanda High School junior Shon Thompson has been selected to attend the Close Up conference in Washington D.C., in March 2020 as a representative of the district and the Seneca Nation.
Shon, who was selected based upon her grades and attendance, will have the opportunity to interact with tribal leaders, as well as state representatives. The purpose of the program is to explore similarities and differences that exist within different types of government and discuss issues that the students’ home communities face on a daily basis. During workshops, lectures, and meetings with leaders, the students learn how they can use their government to make a difference.
Two other local students, from Silver Creek and Lake Shore high schools, also were selected by the Seneca Nation of Indians Department of Education to attend.