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Students watch history in the making at Inauguration


February 19, 2013

Five Lake Stevens High School (LSHS) students had the exciting opportunity to attend the 57th Presidential Inauguration on Jan. 21 in Washington, D.C.

Led by Darrick Hayman, a U.S. History and Advanced Placement teacher at LSHS, students and chaperones braved the cold to watch President Barack Obama be ceremoniously sworn into his second term in office.

“This was a historic trip for my students,” said Hayman, who has led four previous class trips to D.C. “Being a part of the Inauguration was a tremendous opportunity for our group. Witnessing an event like this in person has much more impact than simply reading about it or watching it on TV.”

In addition to the Inauguration, the four-day whirlwind trip through the nation’s capitol included visits to Arlington National Cemetery, U.S. Capitol, Holocaust Museum, Mt. Vernon and the Lincoln and WWII Memorials.

“I have never really been very interested in history,” said Autumn Elliott, a senior. “After this trip and my experiences, I realized that I have a lot to be grateful for, and that I need to appreciate things more.”

The trip, funded by the students and their families, was part of Smithsonian Student Travels.

“This was my second trip to D.C ., but my first Inauguration,” said Kim Ostlund, a LSHS parent. “It was a very emotional and memorable experience, and an important learning opportunity for students. Personally, I want to revisit D.C. just to visit the historical sites we missed.”


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