Archive for Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Youths on board: Lawrence teens take opportunity to see history firsthand at next week’s inauguration

Journalists stand on a platform as they watch work continuing at the site of President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration, which will be Jan. 20 in Washington, D.C.

Journalists stand on a platform as they watch work continuing at the site of President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration, which will be Jan. 20 in Washington, D.C.

January 13, 2009


Students head to Washington for inauguration

Some local students will head to the nation's capital next week to visit a historic event: the presidential inauguration of Barack Obama. Enlarge video





Erica Hernly, 16, is practically on the plane to Washington, D.C.

Plane ticket? Check. Dress pants and a nice shirt? Check, check.

Erica, a Lawrence High School sophomore, will meet up with people from across the nation to witness the 2009 presidential Inauguration Jan. 20.

“I thought it would be really cool to go to because it’s such a historical event,” she says.

Erica was accepted into the People to People Inauguration program after becoming a member of People to People, an organization that provides students with travel opportunities where they can learn about other countries and cultures.

Camera? Check.

Without her camera, Audrey Lamborn, 14, won’t have photos to take back to her friends after her trip to the White House.

The West Junior High School freshman also will be at the presidential inauguration and is excited to see her candidate sworn in.

“I really wanted to go because it’s the first black president’s inauguration,” she says.

Audrey will be traveling to Washington, D.C., with her father and brother.

Obama fans? Check.

Audrey was tired the day after the election. She stayed up to watch her candidate win, and she’s ready to follow him to the White House.

“Definitely watching him get sworn in will be my favorite,” she says. “And getting tours of all the historical buildings.”

Hernly also supported Obama throughout the election.

“I think he’s a good candidate and can turn some stuff around,” she says.

Itinerary? Check.

When Erica boards the plane for the capital, one thing she won’t forget is her list of scheduled activities. On it are a trip to the National Archives, a visit with former President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s granddaughter and the People to People Inaugural Ball.

But those aren’t Hernly’s favorites. She’s most excited about trips to the International Spy Museum and the Newseum, not to mention the swearing-in of President-elect Barack Obama.

Frequent flier miles? Check.

Having never flown alone, the one thing Erica is nervous about is the flight to Washington

“A family friend paid for the plane ticket with frequent flier miles,” she says.

Although Hernly will be traveling alone, her father is certain she’ll have a positive experience because his oldest daughter, Ellen, took a trip to New York through People to People when she was in high school.

“(Ellen) loved the trip,” Stan Hernly says. “She still keeps in touch with some of the people she met.”

While Erica is excited to make new friends and witness history, she is a little disappointed about leaving home and school.

“I talked about it with some friends and they said, ‘Go. Go see Barack. Go,’” she says.


Chris Ogle 9 years, 2 months ago

Thanks to all students that choose to pay attention to our government. If I cared enough back in the day, this crisis wouldn't be what it is today. Thanks again.

Flap Doodle 9 years, 2 months ago

They should keep a tally of how many potential O'dude cabinet members have blotted their copy-books in a major manner.

Jason Bailey 9 years, 2 months ago

“I really wanted to go because it’s the first black president’s inauguration,” she says.Sounds awfully racist to me. Who cares if he's black, purple, whatever. Can't we get past the stigma of color and see people for who they are?I personally think this inauguration is getting blown completely out of proportion. Obama is just a guy, like any other president before him, and puts his pant legs on one at a time. I have no idea why the guy hasn't pulled a John Lennon and announced that he's "bigger than Jesus Christ". His head has to be the size of the Hindenburg.

Confrontation 9 years, 2 months ago

At first, I wondered if Jason2007 could be that stupid. Then, I realized that he was born in 2007, so it's possible.

kujeeper 9 years, 2 months ago

It's really sad that people are raising their kids to be socialist...

Flap Doodle 9 years, 2 months ago

You think that Barry'll make Michelle wear a burqa to the bash? That'd put him in solid with the Iranians.

polkadottedzebra1993 9 years, 2 months ago

ow ow audrey!!!!!!!!!!!!!! as to jason2007 maybe you should get to know people before you make conclusions about them from a newpaper article, where words are twisted and spun to make them into what the reporter wants them to be.

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