History was made when Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States Friday afternoon and students from Clark-Moores Middle School and Madison Central High School were there to watch.
Regardless of what side of the aisle the young people identified with, they were thrilled to be part of the patriotic event.
Some thought the trip would be fun. Others, like Central junior Kaylee Davis, were particularly interested because they plan to work in politics in the future.
On inauguration day, Clark-Moores students stood on Pennsylvania Avenue where they were able to view motorcades ushering in the now former President Barack Obama and Trump, while Central students made their way to the National Mall in view of the jumbotron.
Sharon Graves, Clark-Moores eighth-grade social studies teacher, said her students were able to see Obama as he leaned forward in his vehicle.
Many of the students commented about the impression made by the lines of police officers standing in perfect order and the strategically placed Secret Service.
According to Graves, who attended five previous inaugurations, there was more security than she had ever seen before, which made travel from street to street difficult.
“It made me uncomfortable that there had to be that much security,” she said.
When asked about the attitude of the crowd, Kiara Paz said some people in the crowd were happy, while others were not.
“There were people across the street from us protesting,” said Clark-Moores student Kiley Ahlgren.
Yet, Davis said the number of supporters that came out for President Trump surprised her.
The students and Graves noted the division displayed by those attending.
In contrast, Davis and fellow Central student J. Zach Miller said, from their position, most people were having a great time with much less protesting than they expected.
“I think (Trump’s) speech went well,” said Davis. “It was unifying. I hope to see more unifying things coming from his administration.”
However, the inauguration proved short from Graves’ perspective.
“I was surprised when (Trump) finished his speech and that was the end,” she said. “I expected more ceremony out of him.”
Both schools witnessed the Women’s March on Saturday.
Clark-Moores students said they had to form a human chain to get through the crowds.
Graves said her students were looking for a place to eat when they happened upon the march.
“I’m not into protesting. I tend to keep my opinions to myself, but it was cool to see that you can do something like (the Women’s March) without being threatened by the government,” said Miller. “It makes you proud to be an American.”
Paige Wall, a Clark-Moores student, said there were more marchers than those attending the inauguration.
During the trip, several of the students were in awe of Washington, D.C.
“It was nice to see a city that is so patriotic,” said Davis.
Others were excited for the many museums and monuments.
Clark-Moores student Justin Sparks was specifically impress by the 19-foot tall Lincoln Memorial.
Several of the students had advice and hopes for the new president.
“I hope he will do what he said and create more jobs and make (this country) more livable and unified,” said Davis.
Miller said he wants Trump’s business background to help American economic polices.
While there has been much speculation about Trump’s presidency and what that means for the American people, Miller said, “only time will tell.”FacebookTwitterGoogle +