Jacki Barron, Akela Franklin-Baker, Grace Countryman, and Sydney Paderna, sophomores at Skyline High School, wrote or contributed to the below blog posts about their experience today in Washington.
Today our classroom was the National Mall in Washington D.C., and we had millions of classmates. Our classroom originally bonded over our mutual contempt for “The Dumpster Bunnies.” Namely, the two selfish morons who thought they were more important than the hundreds of patriots whose view of events their big heads were blocking. We united in chant: “Off the dumpster!” Some classmates attempted to negotiate, while others suggested more violent measures. Thankfully, the potentially calamitous moment was tempered by the crowd’s overwhelming feeling of goodwill. Nevertheless, we were worried lest these barbarians wouldn’t move in time for the ceremony. Our teacher assured us that they would move. Our classmates rejoiced when the “class clowns” finally fell into the dumpsters. Our jubilation has not yet abated. This has truly been a momentous day.
One thing that I will never forget. We were standing out in the freezing cold for about 4 hours, fatigued and on the verge of irritation. But when the time finally came, and Barack Obama arrived to be sworn in, there were smiles everywhere and everyone cheering “OBAMA!” He gave an inspirational speech that I’m sure touched everyone’s hearts, leaving me with something that will stay with me forever, that I can tell over and over again! –Sydney Paderna
Today, my class and I witnessed history. The first African-American President of the United States, Barack Obama, was sworn into office. This event was a widely joyous and enormous celebration, and will be remembered by all those who attended for their entire lives. Barack marked this historic day with a momentous speech. His words were powerful and compelling, and marked a change for America. Obama spoke of the challenges we face ahead, but promised prosperity, hard work, and a new direction for the American people, characterized by peace and economic development. Obama is truly a gifted speaker, and will deliver further excellent speeches to the populace. In the words of our forefathers, “Sectum et Impera!” –Brian O’Connell