Nikiski student interns with U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski

Posted: Tuesday, July 15, 2003

Every day high school graduates are preparing to become college freshmen and future leaders, but not every day are prospective college students able to travel to the Nation's capitol and get an inside look at the makings of our government. Katie Floyd, a Nikiski High School graduate, was accepted earlier this year into U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski's internship program.

"It was an amazing trip," Floyd reported to the Soldotna Rotary Club, "nothing that I would have anticipated at all."

During the month-long internship in Washington D.C., Floyd worked with Senator Murkowski and alongside her staff.

"I was able to see all the work that goes on behind the scenes. Not only did I see how smart the Senator was and how she worked to get her job done, but also how her staff worked and did a phenomenal job compiling information on a tight schedule. It was awesome to see how hard they all worked. I'm going to be studying biology in college, but I do see myself taking a political role in the future, possibly at the local level and maybe even moving to the state and National level. It was exciting to meet Senator Ted Stevens and see how influential he is in Washington," remarked Floyd.

Another highlight of the Katie's internship was being able to see President Bush in action at the White House.

"On one of the days that I shadowed the Senator, she was invited to the White House to see President Bush announce taking the initiative for No Child Left Behind. It was incredible to stand in the Rose Garden of the White House and see the President address the Nation."

The trip was an experience of a lifetime, but Floyd said she was glad to return home to Alaska to relax and to breathe.

"Nothing is laid back in D.C., everything is so fast paced there, high stress, high intensity a month went by like a week!" Said Katie, who will be attending Valley City State College in North Dakota on a basketball scholarship this fall.

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