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!”
Kamala Harris engaging with my husband and his students (visiting DC from CA) … this is what leadership should be like! pic.twitter.com/992STB0hr3
— Tanya Guiremand (@bobbetta805) March 6, 2019
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.
These intrepid @SantaMariaHigh students braved the DC cold to engage with me about issues this Congress is tackling & what it's like to represent the #CentralCoast. It’s always a pleasure meeting w/ students interested in the political process! pic.twitter.com/VNvFNz3xzq
— Rep. Salud Carbajal (@RepCarbajal) March 6, 2019