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Press Release
August 18, 2006
Oregon essay winners return from National Guard event in North Dakota
NOTE: Accompanying photos feature students from Beaverton, Forest Grove and Tigard.
After spending a week filled with activities, historic information and bonding with students from all U.S. states and territories, the winners of the Lewis and Clark Youth Rendezvous Essay contest returned home today.
The closing ceremonies at the United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck, North Dakota brought all the students together again after spending the week being divided into three separate companies.
During the day, students got a chance to walk through the various exhibits at the Heritage Center located by the capitol building in Bismarck. After the tour, students spent a relaxing trip on a Missouri River riverboat.
In the evening, students were greeted at the college campus by various food, music and Native American dances performed by members of the Mandan, Hidatsa, Sioux and other tribes. Students, soldiers and staff alike joined in the fun by dancing with the Native American dancers.
Overall, the Oregon students agreed that the week had been a good experience – one they can bring home to their family and friends.
DSC_0659.JPG: "Major Alicia Hamel, Oregon Army National Guard, converses with Major General Haugen, North Dakota Adjutant General, and National Guard Bureau staff."
DSC_0726.JPG: "A Native American dancer of Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara origin dances a ceremonial dance at the closing ceremonies of the Lewis and Clark Youth Rendezvous in North Dakota."
DSC_0770.JPG: "Ethan Brown of Tigard, Ore. expresses his sentiments of the Lewis and Clark experience."
DSC_0765.JPG: "Jasmine Wilson of Forest Grove [far left] grasps Beaverton High School student Eric Starke's hand to join in the "Unbroken Circle" dance at the United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck, North Dakota."
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