Monday, March 25, 2013

Policy Solutions Nationals- Washington, D.C.

For the past few days Aaron and I have been in Washington D.C. with the rest of my team competing in the Policy Solutions Challenge Nationals. Aaron came along for the ride because he hadn't been to D.C. before and wanted to check it out.

After the months of preparation we put into our paper and policy recommendations, I'm happy to say that my team took first place. I was confident in our ability to win and am happy the judges noticed our hard work and quantitative analysis!

Trophy in a bag.
We really enjoyed getting to compete and meeting students from other policy schools. The judges at the competition were important actors in obesity policy and asked great questions.

Although we spent a lot of our trip at the competition and working on our presentation, we were also able to see some of D.C. and of course, celebrate our win!

Aaron and I stayed at the W Hotel. The lobby is pretty sweet!

We were right across from the Treasury Department...

...and the White House.

Doesn't Aaron look like he loves D.C.?
American University Campus (they hosted the competition)
Cherry Blossoms

Air and Space Museum
No big deal, just some drones.
Mr. Lincoln

Korean War Memorial
Vietnam Memorial 
We ate a lot.
Motorcade leaving the White House.

Celebrating with La Follette alums who came to watch our presentation.

For more information about the competition and our policy suggestions, check out the La Follette School article.

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