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Santa Maria High School gets shout out from Sen. Kamala Harris

Posted at 12:29 PM, Mar 07, 2019

Santa Maria High School students got a shout out from California Sen. Kamala Harris.

A group of students attending an educational program in Washington, D.C. ran into the senator during their trip this week.

SMHS senior Marlen Reyes captured cell phone video of the brief meeting and the video was shared on Twitter.

Sen. Harris tells the students, “Chin up, shoulders back, we speak our truths, right? That’s when democracy works, when everyone has the ability to be seen and heard.”

And when asked to give a shout out to the high school, the presidential hopeful gives a big thumbs up and says, “What’s up Santa Maria High School!”

The students are taking part in Close Up, described as a nonpartisan program that aims to provide an inside look at democracy in action.

They also got a chance to meet with Central Coast Rep. Salud Carbajal.