CADCA’s 33rd Annual Leadership Forum in Maryland wrapped up this past week. ASAP of Anderson had the pleasure of attending along with three Oak Ridge High School students from the Youth Ambassador Coalition.

The students met with Senator Blackburn, Senator Hagerty, Representative Fleischmann, and many of their staff on Tuesday. After speaking with the senators and members of their staff, William with Sen. Blackburn’s office gave ASAP and the students a tour of the senate office buildings in D.C.

Luca Filigenzi, one of the Oak Ridge High School students, said this experience was his favorite part of the whole trip.

“My favorite part was probably the Tennessee Tuesday meeting, getting to see Hagerty and Blackburn and seeing the Senate office building. I thought that was really cool and something I’ll remember for a long time.”

Later, ASAP and the students joined prevention specialists from Monroe, Scott, and Roane County to have a meeting with Rep. Fleischmann. Fleischmann, who was in session at the time of the meeting, ran out of the Capitol to meet with the students during a little bit of downtime. After hearing the students’ presentation and a quick photo, he returned to business.

Imelia Markus-Brock, another one of the high school students from Oak Ridge, said she really appreciated this.

“My favorite part was when Chuck Fleischmann rushed out during his 15-minute break just to talk to us. I thought that was really sweet and caring.”

Students also had the opportunity to present to one of the health aides with Sen. Blackburn’s office in a zoom call with other prevention specialists. The students shared information on Delta-8, opioid alternatives, and nitazines.

In some downtime, ASAP of Anderson took the students to a couple of museums in our nation’s capital. The students enjoyed the National Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.

Check out some of the photos from the trip below!

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