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Local HS student meets president in DC, lays wreath at Arlington National Cemetery

Xavier High School student Ethan Lowder discusses his visit to Washington D.C., where he met the commander in chief.

Ethan Lowder may be too young to vote, but that isn't stopping the soon-to-be Xavier High senior from engaging in the political process.

Lowder participates in Boys State, which he describes as "500 guys... who essentially run our own boys' government."

The teen's involvement earned him a trip to Washington D.C., as Lowder was one of two Iowa boys selected to participate in Boys Nation.

While in the nation's capital, Lowder visited various monuments and memorials, met several political figures -- including Senator Joni Ernst, Senator Chuck Grassley, and President Donald Trump -- and participated in what he described as "one of the greatest moments" of his young life.

"Two of the hundred boys were chosen by random draw to lay a wreath and I was chosen for that," said Lowder.

No ordinary wreath, Lowder was tasked with laying the wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.

Of all the sights and senate sessions, Lowder said the moments in the cemetery, particularly spent at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, will be among his most cherished.

"These men showed such great devotion to their country that I should try to repay my country in any way for what it's given me," said Lowder.

The Cedar Rapids native will begin his senior year at Xavier on August 23.

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