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"I was not expecting this," she said. "We were going to have fun and a good experience, but since we won, it was incredible."
She said she appreciated that Lee took the time to show them around the Capitol and the White House because it gave them a chance to interact with him on a personal level.
Launched in September to commemorate the 225th the anniversary of the U.S. Constitution.
Contest styled after TV game show “Jeopardy!” and sponsored by Mike Lee and the Utah League of Cities and Towns.
Students from Taylorsville, Cottonwood Heights, North Salt Lake and West Point competed.
Winners were invited to Washington, D.C., and accompanied by Lee on tours of the Capitol and the White House.
"I was just impressed because he probably had 101 things he had to do, but he was kind enough to schedule us in," Roberts said.
Another thing that impressed her was getting to see the political goings-on in the center of government. Although she’d been to D.C. once before, she was only 5 then and was not interested in the historical value of the place.
"Now that I’m older and just a little bit more mature, it was just awesome because I got to appreciate it, and it’s something I’ll never forget," Roberts said.
Furthermore, the numerous memorials that only bored her before now have a new meaning.
"I didn’t understand what they stood for," she said. "It has definitely increased my appreciation for this country."
Emily Bennion, press secretary for Lee’s office, said the Constitution Bowl only included 25 students last year because it was in its launching stage.
"Sen. Lee and his office plan to hold the event each September to commemorate Constitution Day," she said. "He and the Utah League of Cities and Towns [plan] to expand the event this year to include more groups."
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