Cross country goals

Ryan Shaw doesn’t ask what his country can do for him. He already appreciates that. Shaw asks what he can do for his country.

Then he answers his own question.

“I have never been to Washington D.C.,” said the Bigfork High School senior. “But also, I am interested in this trip because I am someone who has a deep love for the country I am blessed to live in and feel that the opportunity to visit my nation’s capital is one that I can’t miss out on.”

Shaw and five other classmates are each raising $2,000 to make the 10-day trip to D.C. during Spring Break in March. Shaw, a boxer, plans on entering the Reserve Officer Training Corps at the University of Montana, earn a military officer’s commission and enter a military career so he can, “...serve my country.”

After that, he might pursue a law degree and enter politics. “Who knows? Maybe there is a big white house in my future!”

Most Americans would agree that Shaw is a better choice than many recent candidates. that he is a better choice than many recent candidates.

“This trip is an excellent opportunity to get a glimpse of the inner workings of our country’s political system,” Shaw said. “An opportunity that could affect the future of, not only my career, but also my classmates’ who may be interested in pursuing a political career.”

A passionate historian, this trip can make the learning personal.“I expect to learn even more about the history and founding of our nation, as well as what this nation stands for and upholds,” he said. “A trip like kids a chance to see, in person, and interact with the things they’ve been learning about on pages of a history textbook for years.

”Fundraising is a challenge.“We understand that times are hard and appreciate everyone who has already contributed,” Shaw said about fundraising. “It’s been pretty difficult. Mrs. Clark has been very helpful in setting up opportunities for us to raise money.”

Advisor Clara Clark arranged a raffle that is underway for a $500 Cabela’s gift card. Tickets are $10. The Beagle wants to reward trip supporters.

Present your ticket and mention this story in the Beagle to get a free 16oz coffee drink from Briana at Wake N Brew next to the Sinclair’s station.

Contact at 837-7420, ext. 239 or to donate,

buy raffle tickets or volunteer. Clark and her D.C. Half-Dozen will sell raffle tickets on Saturdays at Harvest Foods, a Beagle partner and education sponsor.

“We are still selling the tickets and greatly appreciate any contributions!” Shaw said. “We still have many more to sell!”(

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