Twenty-five students from Columbiana County schools and two coordinators form the Columbiana County Educational Service Center attended the 57th Presidential Inauguration last month in Washington, D.C.
The ninth- through 12th-grade students toured the Smithsonian Institutes, the National Archives, Arlington National Cemetery and the Holocaust Museum during the trip.
They also viewed the memorials on the mall, visited the World War II, Vietnam, Lincoln, Korean, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Jefferson and Martin Luther King Jr. memorials and sites.
“The Holocaust Museum was a lot to take in,” said Caylee Cunningham, a sophomore from Beaver Local Schools. “It was shocking to see how people were treated at that time.”
Anastasia Johnson, an eighth-grader at Willow Creek Learning Center in Boardman, also attended the inauguration as part of the People to People Leadership Summit.
Salem High School freshman Sarai Bodine enjoyed the trip.
“Taking long walks through D.C. made me feel more American,” she said. “It especially hit me walking down Pennsylvania Avenue. When I saw the Capitol Building, I felt grateful to my country.”
They were on the mall early the morning of the inauguration to find space and enjoy the ceremony.
They also attended the student Inaugural Ball with high school students from across the country.
The trip was open to all Columbiana County High School students who have been identified as being gifted.
Those attending were from Beaver, Crestview, East Liverpool, Leetonia and Salem schools.