Students attend inauguration


Along with attending the inauguration, students toured various sites in Washington D.C.  Photo Contributed by: Mitch Miller


On Friday Jan. 23, 2016, thousands of people gathered in Washington D.C. to watch the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump, the 45th president of the United States of America. Fifteen students from Oakwood were able to see this historical event by going on a field trip led by Matt Deters and Mitch Miller.

This is not the first time the social studies department hosted an inauguration field trip. There were also trips to the inauguration in 2009 and 2013. This trip was Deters’ first time to the inauguration and leading the school trip.

“Mr. Oaks was in charge of [the inauguration trip] but I took over for him when I got hired here a few years ago. He led the 2013 one and so I was asked to step in,” Deters said.

The inauguration experience proved to be different than expected in person compared to watching it on television or reading about it in the newspaper for some of the students involved.

“I thought there was going to be a lot more people, but it wasn’t unpopulated,” Elizabeth Knoll (12) said.

On the other hand, for others, the inauguration was not any different than what they were anticipating.

“I expected protests and tight security so there wasn’t much surprise when I arrived,” Kate Connolly (11) said.

The inauguration is also known for being a large event that brings people together from all over the United States.

“I liked seeing the different people there and how people of very different political perspectives manage to all celebrate the political transition,” Connolly said.

The inauguration is an experience that people can benefit and get new ideas from.

“I learned how to respect others political beliefs and to appreciate a new city with different surroundings,” Knoll said.

This past election was full of controversy with Donald Trump winning the election even though the Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, won the popular vote. Despite the series of events, it seems that the inauguration was not blatantly uncivil.

“The atmosphere was respectful,” Deters said.

Even though the trip was about seeing the inauguration, another historical event occurred that weekend, the women’s march. On Saturday Jan. 24, the streets were filled with men and women marching for women’s rights. It was an unforgettable moment for one student.

“[I can never forget] the women’s march that happened the day after the inauguration. I was a part of history so I think that’s pretty cool and something I won’t forget,” Knoll said.

The presidential inauguration is a symbol of democracy and the peaceful exchange of power between two leaders. Each inauguration continues to be written into American history.

By: Lauren O’Connell


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