Students reflect on inauguration
GYPSUM – Ashley Weaver remembers attending the presidential inauguration as a junior in high school. And the Eagle Valley High School teacher wanted her students to have that same experience. Those memories are what drove Weaver to organize a trip for her students, she said. Weaver took 18 Eagle Valley High School students, two Vail Christian students and teacher sponsors Becky Peterson and Susan Scott. “I couldn’t have made this trip happen without Becky and Susan,” said Weaver, who also expressed thanked the towns of Gypsum and Eagle, and all the parents who helped with the Breakfast with Santa fund-raiser.
Students, mostly juniors and seniors, in Weaver’s U.S. history, government and economics classes were invited on their trip. Senior Ashley Woodworth said the experience was one she won’t forget. “We got to see a lot of important monuments and we got to meet a lot of people from other high schools,” Woodworth said. “The actual inauguration was amazing – to be able to see the president was incredible.” Woodworth also described how tight security was, saying there were snipers on building tops and cops everywhere. “When I passed through security, they thought I had a bomb, but it was actually my ribs,” Woodworth said.
Senior Andrew Hoza agreed security was intense, with helicopters circling above. Hoza said it was worth it though. “Seeing politicians in person is different that in print or on TV,” said Hoza, who walked on the same sidewalk with Arizona Sen. John McCain. “It’s cool to see everything in person, including the president’s speech. The monuments were awesome, too – the whole trip exceeded all of my expectations.”Angelica Pinela, a junior, said that although it was very cold at the inauguration, it was worth it.
“My lips were blue, but it was exciting. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” she said Senior Clayton Forsyth said the best parts of the trip were the Holocaust Museum and the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum. “The Holocaust Museum made a lasting impression on me,” said Forsyth, who described a a room in the museum full of shoes of Holocaust victims. “We learned more about how and why it happened.”Vail Colorado