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August 16, 2006
Portland area students explore Lewis and Clark Journey in N. Dakota
Photos and story by Sgt. Anna Nam, Oregon National Guard Public Affairs Representative
The 2006 Lewis and Clark Youth Rendezvous continued into its third day of exploration Wednesday. Local Portland youth traveled to Washburn, North Dakota for some history and a charismatic presentation by Hassan Davis, an actor who portrayed the only African-American to have been a part of Lewis and Clark's Corps of Discovery.
The students traveled to various locations in Washburn and Stanton, North Dakota, escorted by staff and soldiers alike.
"It's [this week] has been pretty interesting so far," said Reynolds High School student, Christopher Jacobs.
Ethan Brown of Tigard agreed that the journey thus far has been "amazing".
For Oregon soldiers, traveling to North Dakota presented a new perspective to the Lewis and Clark journey.
"I was really interested in Lewis and Clark when I started doing the essay," said Jasmine Wilson, a Heritage Christian School student. "I'm from Oregon so I know that part of it, but being here, where they [Lewis and Clark] spent the most time has been really interesting for me."
"It's a lot of stuff I haven't seen before," added Jacobs. "Being from Oregon this is kind of a different climate."
Students received presentations on Lewis and Clark history as well as touring several exhibits in Washburn. Students from all U.S. states and territories were divided into three companies and will come together Thursday for the signature event and closing ceremonies in New Town, North Dakota.
320: Hassan Davis plays "York", the only African-American to be a part of the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery.
234: Reynolds High School student, Christopher Jacobs, plays a game of field hockey with his squad.
342: Heritage Christian School student, Jasmine Wilson, poses in front of the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center in Washburn, North Dakota.
299: Stephanie Tran and Devin Daniel of Reynolds High School browse through souvenirs in the Fort Mandan gift shop.
Oregon National Guard Public Affairs Office
Kay Fristad
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Capt Mike Braibish
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