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Vincentians to attend US Presidential Inauguration

Vincentians to attend US Presidential Inauguration

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Two young Vincentians, Kamal Wood and Natesha Alexander, are set to partake in the experience of a lifetime.{{more}} Following the historic election of Barack Obama as President of the United States of America (USA), they will be attending his inauguration ceremony and other activities to commemorate the event.

Wood, a 2006 National Scholar, and Alexander, a Mathematics teacher at the Union Island Secondary School, will share in 5 days of special events and activities. Most importantly, they will be guests, along with other Inaugural Scholars,

on the National Mall on January 20, 2009, as Barack Obama is sworn in as the 44th President of the USA.

Speaking to SEARCHLIGHT, 21-year-old Wood expressed how elated he is to have been selected – a sentiment 19-year-old Alexander shares. “It’s great! I can hardly wait until January,” Wood gushed. The trip will cost each youngster approximately US$2,729, thus Wood and Alexander have been seeking sponsorship from several local businesses to cover their expenses. Wood profusely thanked O.T Mayers, Aunt Jobe’s Supermarket, CWSA, CLICO, Cable & Wireless and C.K Greaves & Company for their contributions, whilst Alexander thanked Petit St. Vincent Resort.

Currently pursuing studies at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Wood also related: “I am proud that myself and Natesha are going to have this opportunity!” Alexander, who has been an Obama supporter throughout his campaign shared her excitement at the prospect of meeting people who she has only seen on television. “I’m ecstatic!” she exclaimed.

Additionally, Wood and Alexander will attend the inaugural parade, presidential motorcade, Black Tie Gala Inaugural Ball and visit historic sites in and around the nation’s capital.

Chosen by the Congressional Youth Leadership Council (CYLC) because they had participated in previous conferences that they hosted, the young Vincentians were extended this invitation earlier this year by the University Presidential Inaugural Conference. They will have the chance to meet White House officials, congressional staff, presidential historians and political experts. Wood and Alexander will further take part in activities and group events designed to expand their understanding of the presidential election and the USA’s democratic principles.

According to CYLC’s Managing Director of Education Donna Snyder, participants will: “…join other outstanding alumni from around the world who wish to take the next step on the path of leadership while witnessing history.” (JSV)