POSTED: Monday, January 21, 2013 - 1:30pm
UPDATED: Monday, January 21, 2013 - 1:34pm
DONALDSONVILLE, LA — Five Donaldsonville High School students, along with the school’s principal and counselors, are in Washington D.C. for the second inauguration of President Barack Obama.
The group – which includes seniors Ronald Comeaux Jr., Ka’Lynn Jupiter, Alia Woods, junior Michael Favorite and sophomore Jason Williams – departed from Ascension Parish on Saturday.
Principal Esrom Pitre utilized an idea he learned at the Democratic National Convention last year to select the students for based on essays. Each student wrote about how such a trip would benefit them.
Various school organizations, local businesses and members of the community supported the trip financially.
Not only will the students experience the 57th Presidential Inauguration, but they will also tour the many educational opportunities in the nation’s capital.
Officials estimate anywhere from 500,000 to 700,000 people will be on the National Mall to witness the ceremony. Some 1.8 million were there in 2009 when Obama became the country’s first black president.