Local high school students head to D.C. for Presidential Inauguration

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Updated: 1/18/2013 10:53 am
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- Two different groups of students from Carson High School and Damonte Ranch High School flew to Washington D.C. Friday morning to go to the 57th Presidential Inauguration.

10 students from Carson High School along with their teacher Angela Golik are making the trip, many are going for the first time.

Carson High School student Caitlin Morton has never been to the east coast let alone Washington D.C.

"It's overwhelming. It really is. It's a rare opportunity for 17-year-olds like me to be able to go witness history being made," Morton says.

55 students from Damonte Ranch High School along with their teacher Chad Sawyer and escorts headed out to D.C. Friday morning as well. They too will attend the inauguration Monday morning and will be standing right at the foot of the steps of the capitol building for the ceremony.

"It feels like you're actually a part of something when you're there whereas on TV you're just watching it," Damonte Ranch High School student Brittany Johnson says.

An estimated 1.8 million people attended the previous inauguration. Students tell News 4 it'll be interesting to see how many attend this year and they're looking forward to being apart of history.

"It's really what holds our country together. Every four years we vote on it and there's all kinds of controversy everywhere all the time and so when you get to go "Yeah, I saw the President inaugurated," how many people get to do that?" Carson High School student Talia Brotherton says.

Both groups will be in Washington D.C. for five days. Both Sawyer and Golik say they plan to attend several top tourists spots like the Holocaust Museum, Lincoln Memorial, and the Arlington Cemetery.

News 4 will carry the Presidential Inauguration Monday morning, coverage begins at 7:30 a.m. and the ceremony starts at 8:30 a.m. local viewing time.

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