The View From the Top

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Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, left, gives students studying government an insider’s view, joined by teacher Mark Alvarez and Principal Chris Herzfeld.
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, left, gives students studying government an insider’s view, joined by teacher Mark Alvarez and Principal Chris Herzfeld.

Laguna Beach High School student James Fast’s fascination with economics and politics led him to invite U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher as a guest speaker to his AP government class.

Fast and his classmates participated in the 14-week Capitol Hill Challenge, where they invested a hypothetical $100,000 in public securities to learn how the nation’s policies influence capital markets and investment returns.

“This was a unique opportunity for students to interact directly with the concepts they were learning about in their course work,” teacher Mark Alvarez said in a district statement.

Rohrabacher, a Republican from Huntington Beach, described his path to politics, which began when he was a teenager. He also described his role on the House foreign affairs and science and technology committees.

He represents the state’s 48th Congressional district and is currently serving his 13th term in Congress.

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