WOODLAND — Two Woodland High School students were recently selected to participate in programs that encourage learning about the U.S. government. Camila Avelar was selected to participate in the National Civics and Law Academy, which will take place virtually in March, while Ruby Heidgerken took part in Civics Unplugged. Through the programs, students are able to interact with students from around the country, meet government representatives and talk with lawyers who serve the Supreme Court, though virtually this year due to the pandemic. Civics teacher Shari Conditt helped champion both students. “Teaching government is crucial in maintaining our democracy,” Conditt said in a news release. Avelar views government as “where and how change happens.” “I’m going to be meeting students from all over the nation and while it’s a step out of my comfort zone, it will be a good step to take especially since I’m graduating this year,” she said.