Among the many Port Washington residents who will be in Washington, D.C. for the historic presidential inauguration of Barack Obama are a number of students from Paul D. Schreiber High School. They got their tickets in a variety of ways - by luck, competition or family connections - but all of them are thrilled to be participating.
"I was a person who never dreamed of being interested in politics until I heard Barack Obama's victory speech in January of 2008. I was so moved by his words that I thought that since I was getting older I had to become more interested in the world around me, and so I started following the entire election," Schreiber junior Lauren Effune says. "I read more newspapers and learned more about various issues circling the candidates, from Huckabee to Clinton. As I learned more, I was amazed how one man could inspire so many people like me to become more involved in politics and world affairs. Having the opportunity to attend the inauguration of the first black president and a man I greatly admire is literally a dream come true!" In addition to attending the inauguration, Lauren will write for the live blog that will be posted on Newsday.com
Harrison Remler will also write about his experiences during the inauguration for the Newsday blog. He was selected to the Presidential Youth Inauguration Conference with the Congressional Youth Leadership Conference after attending conferences in both Albany and Washington, D.C. with the National Youth Leadership Forum. The PYIC provides students interested in inaugural studies with a unique experience, allowing them to share firsthand in the excitement and ceremony of the inauguration of the President and Vice President of the United States. "I am very excited to witness the most historic event in America's storied history," says Harrison, "And I thank my grandmother for providing me with the opportunity to make this trip."