Tester meets with Belgrade student

Senator welcomes teen to Washington, applauds perseverance

(U.S. SENATE) – Senator Jon Tester this week sat down with Aisha Peters, a recent graduate of Belgrade High School, to talk about the latest political issues and welcome her to the nation’s capital.

Twenty of Aisha’s peers were originally scheduled to join her in Washington, but Aisha was the only one who successfully raised the funds needed to make the trip.

“I enjoyed meeting one of Montana’s young leaders,” Tester said afterward. “I admire Aisha’s initiative to raise the money needed to fly across the country and applaud the bravery it took to come all the way out here on her own.”

In Tester’s Washington D.C. office, the two discussed topics ranging from local tourist attractions to the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court decisions.

“Some of the toughest and most direct questions I get come from Montana students,” Tester said. “These kids don’t pull punches, and that’s one of the many reasons I look forward to sitting down with them every chance I get.”

Aisha, who will study exercise science at Montana State University in the fall, is visiting Washington with Close Up, a non-profit organization that brings some of the country’s top students to experience the nation’s capital.

Tester, a former music teacher, meets with students from the Treasure State regularly in Montana and Washington.