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Alameda youths headed to inaugural

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A group of nearly two dozen Encinal High School students is headed to Washington D.C. for President-elect Barack Obama’s inaugural on Tuesday, according to this piece in today’s Alameda Journal.

Encinal government teacher Kevin Gorham is taking the students as part of the Close Up program, a non-profit group that has long been organizing school trips to the nation’s capitol. This trip has been in the works since last March.

“I’m going because I’m very interested to see the first African-American inaugurated as president, and I’m active at school in clubs like the Junior Statesmen of America,” Encinal student Simone Rixey told the Journal.

Students from Alameda will also be performing at the inaugural as participants in the San Francisco Boys Chorus and San Francisco Girls Chorus, the paper reports. The singers are slated to perform between 6:50 a.m. and 7:10 a.m. Pacific time, it says.

“Many of us are 15 years old and see ourselves as the future of the country,” Alameda High School 10th grader Allison Miller told the Journal. “We have a responsibility to discuss and debate the issues of our time.”

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