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Historic trip on tap for Vail teen

Jillian Kiss
Special to the Daily
Vail, CO Colorado
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Note: Jillian Kiss, 15, is a Vail resident and Battle Mountain High School student who is attending Barack Obama’s inauguration Tuesday. She is sending the Vail Daily dispatches about her trip.

So it’s Friday night and I’m getting ready to go to bed pretty early because my flight to Washington D.C. is at 6 a.m. That means I have to get up at 4 a.m.

But before I get my beauty sleep, I’d just like to thank all the people who helped me to go on this life-changing trip: my parents, the Vail Daily, the Rotary Club, Mr. Rosenthal at Colorado Footwear, Barbara Smith at Blitz, Niko at London Calling, Plum TV, my Aunt Ildiko, and Susie. I’d also like to thank all my teachers at Battle Mountain High School for letting me miss three days of school to witness this historic event.



Over the past few weeks I’ve prepared for this trip by paying attention to the weather, so I know how to dress, and the news, so I can get the most out of this historical event. Now sitting here in my hotel room at the Crown Plaza in Denver, I feel I am incredibly prepared for this trip. I have my warm, stylish boots; super warm wool coat; and many other warm items to layer.

My ball gown is gorgeous, and will look great with the awesome heels I got from Off Broadway Shoes.



A lot of people have asked me who I am going with. Well, the answer is People to People, an organization started by President Eisenhower that brings together student delegates and ambassadors from all over the world. The group also organizes leadership workshops and ambassador programs around the globe.

These programs are not just great learning experiences, they are excellent ways to makes friends from all over the world and to share the experiences. I am incredibly excited about that (and the high school credit received). I will definitely have memories to last me the rest of my life.

All of my teachers and friends at Battle Mountain High School are so excited for and jealous of me. I can’t wait to bring back all my pictures and have them look at them.



I have room for more than 700 pictures on my camera so I should have plenty, but you can never be sure how many pictures you’ll take at such a historic occasion. Since Christmas, when I got my camera and two-gigabyte memory card, I have been debating whether that will be enough for all my pictures. I decided that 700-plus pictures will definitely be enough.


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