NEWBURY TOWNSHIP, Ohio – While many watched the results from the Iowa caucus live on TV, a group of students from Newbury High School got to experience it in person.
Hope Lewandoski was one of 12 students picked to attend the caucus. She said they took a bus to Iowa last Friday and got back on Tuesday.
"It's crazy. I didn't think it was going to be that intense and so many people were involved in it. It was really exciting,” Hope said.
"It's cool seeing Donald Trump on TV and Bernie Sanders, but to actually be 10 feet away from them and seeing them speak, it was awesome,” Lewandoski said.
Besides going to rallies, the students also got to volunteer with a couple of the campaigns. They helped make phone calls and walked around neighborhoods to pass out fliers.
Kevin Piczer said it was quite the experience.
"I went to a lot of campaigns. I went to the Trump one, I went to the Bernie Sanders one and I went to the Marco Rubio one. I learned what it was like to become a telemarketer, which is interesting. And yeah it was a lot of fun, and a lot of hustle and bustle,” he said.
Of course, everyone has their favorite moments from the trip. Carah Katzendorn remembers what it was like to meet Jeb Bush and Rubio. She said she got selfies with both of them.
"Jeb was a little sassy, but he took a bunch of pictures with us, which was nice, and Marco Rubio was super nice and sincere,” she said.
Their principal Michael Chafee said he couldn’t be more proud of his students. He said everyone was very mature and professional.
"At every stop, we heard people say how encouraging it was to not only see young kids there, but to see young kids engaged and young kids care and talk about it. They were rock stars out there,” he said.