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Thursday, April 6th the AP American Government classes went on a trip to the Reagan Library. The seniors participated in an event called, “The Situation Room”. Everyone involved was assigned a role as either a government official or a member of the press.

The students then entered the Situation Room, which was actually shipped in from the White House after the room was remodeled. Having an actual artifact used by previous Presidents added to the experience. The students all received their name tags and tablets, which correlated to their jobs. Then, everyone was informed of the situation: the President had been shot. The members of government were to make decisions on behalf of the President, and eventually decide if the Vice President should be put in control. The press tried to accurately report on the status of the President and America.

The Orcutt Academy students decided unanimously to temporarily put the Vice President in charge. This was not only a lesson on communication, but an interactive way to learn about the 25th Amendment.

After the Situation Room, students had extra time, giving them the option to walk through the Ronald Reagan exhibit and Air Force One.

The experience was one unique to anything we could have done in a classroom environment. In the future, hopefully Mr. Verch will continue this tradition, and more seniors will be able to enjoy The Situation Room.

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