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Trinity students earn Reagan Ranch honors

Posted: April 10, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 10, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Students from Trinity Classical Academy pose with Michael Reagan, center, as part of the recent Young America’s Foundation Conference at the Reagan Ranch in Santa Barbara.

Four Trinity Classical Academy juniors were recently invited to attend the Young America’s Foundation Conference at the Reagan Ranch in Santa Barbara.

The purpose of this program is to “ensure that young Americans understand and are inspired by the ideas of individual freedom, a strong national defense, free enterprise and traditional values.”

The four students chosen to attend were juniors Dane Smith, Taylor Totten, Grant Wolf and Emma Lippincott.

The students were given the opportunity to learn about the conservative movement and the principles behind it.

“I became more inspired about conservatism, and I now know how to defend it,” Smith said.

The students got the chance to speak with Michael Reagan, the adopted son of President Ronald Reagan, who gave them a tour of his family’s Reagan Ranch.

 “Seeing Reagan’s ranch was surreal because of the way it was preserved exactly how he left it. His toothbrush was even left on the counter. I felt like he was still alive,” Totten said.

Throughout the weekend, the students listened to many of the nation’s top conservative college representatives speak on topics ranging from the basics of conservative beliefs to the role women play in politics today.

The Trinity juniors, who were attending the conference on scholarship, also got the chance to have a formal dinner featuring Reagan where they would dress to impress as they spoke to him and to other students.


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