Shelby student in Constitutional program

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Sophia Samutin of Shelbyville has returned from a week spent in Washington, D.C., at the Constitutional Academy, the nation’s premier program for high school students to study the Constitution. The scholarship was provided by Bruce Bengtson.

Samutin will be a junior in the fall at Sacred Heart Academy in Louisville.

She read the founding documents and other primary source resources, and discussed the ideals of the American founding along with contemporary issues with students from across the country and constitutional scholars.

She viewed historical documents at the National Archives and visited landmark sites including George Washington’s Mount Vernon and the U.S. Capitol.

She said her favorite part was “traveling to the various historical sites; you could feel the history surrounding each place and it was inspiring to spend a few minutes in the footsteps of our great leaders.”