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Parkway Students Attended Inauguration 2009 in Washington, D.C.

A group of 63 Parkway juniors and seniors and their chaperones went to Washington, D.C. to be part of United States history--the inauguration of the 44th President of the United States of America, Barack Obama.  The trip has been in the making since spring 2008.

Students like Central High senior Ashley Bergman and North High senior Adam Casteel were especially excited about being part of the inauguration activities, having voted for the first time in the Nov. election. 

Others, like Alec Sydlow, a senior at Parkway South, were excited at the prospect of being a part of history in the making.  Says Alec, “I have a feeling I'll be telling all my grandkids about this someday. ‘I was really there! Can you believe it?’” 

When asked to comment on the greatest challenge for the new president, West High junior Jake Lyonfields says, “The most immediate and important challenge for Barack Obama during his first term will be to enact a plan to help strengthen the faltering economy.  It is also important that he promotes peace and stability in the Middle East through a strong multilateral agenda.” 

While in D.C., students visited memorials and museums such as the Arlington National Cemetery and the Smithsonian and took part in the National Day of Service on Jan. 19, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  Students did clean up work at historic Woodlawn Cemetery.  The group will also attended fun events such as the H.O.P.E. Inaugural Ball. 

Visit www.pkwy.k12.mo.us/inauguration to see videos, photos, blogs and listen to podcasts from the trip.