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Local student visits DC
A Central Crossing High School student became part of history after he traveled to Washington D.C. to witness the inauguration of President Barack Obama.
Comet junior Ean Teague attended the inauguration as part of the People to People Student Ambassador program. Teague has been a student ambassador for six years and was invited to D.C. as ambassador alumni. He was in the nation’s capitol from Jan. 17-22.
“I had a lot of fun and got to meet a lot of people,” said Teague.
While on the trip, Teague got to tour Washington D.C., see all the memorials and go to the American History Museum. The highlight though was to see President Barack Obama take the Oath of Office.
“We stood outside waiting for about seven hours and you wouldn’t believe the sounds,” Teague recalled. “People were cheering, everyone was roaring; it was amazing.”
Teague said he was about a quarter mile away from the Capitol when President Obama was sworn into office.
“Everyone’s face was just lighting up waiting for the oath,” he said. “I was so excited to be there.”
The People to People Student Ambassador program offers students in grades 5-12 educational travel opportunities designed to build the foundation for personal success and offer access to people, places and activities. The student ambassadors are responsible for representing their school, community and state.
The program has been in existence for over 50 years. It is a world-wide, non-profit organization founded by President Dwight Eisenhower to promote peace and to bridge cultural and political borders through education.
“It’s really a great program,” said Teague. “If you ever get the chance to be part of it, I’d say take it.”
To become a student ambassador, one has to go through an interview process and provide three letters of recommendation from teachers or community leaders.
In addition to being a student leader, Teague is involved in the Central Crossing band and choir. After graduation, he plans to attend The Ohio State University to study music education.
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