Coronado Students Return from Witnessing History - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/21/09

Coronado Students Return from Witnessing History

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It was the trip of a life time for 21 students at Coronado that they say they'll never forget. Our cameras got the exclusive look at their homecoming. Pictures taken by Coronado High School students show just how close they were to history. Government teacher David Ring says trying to get 20 kids through a crowd of two million was quite a task.

There was a smaller crowd waiting on them at the airport. Students were so excited to share their stories but they had a little trouble making it through the door, setting off an alarm. Tony Aguirre received a call from his son Jordan right after President Obama took the oath of office. "His voice was shaky. He said he was in awe of all the people and just the feeling of making history," says Aguirre. "When I heard him speak I knew right then and there we were making history. I was like this is it," says Senior Jordan Aguirre.        

Their smiles revealed the significance of their trip. "Thank you guys, that was a great trip," says Ring. "The inauguration was as much about them as it was about Obama. It's a democracy and I hope that these kids will take part in civics in the future," he says.

Jordan says he won't let his dream of one day making it back to Washington die. "I saw it. I saw that it's possible. I saw what can happen. I'm familiar with the places and I know where I need to go," says aspiring politician Jordan Aguirre.       

All of the students we spoke to say they had a fabulous trip but are exhausted. Mr. Ring says he plans on putting together all of the pictures and home videos to create the groups own personal history book from their five days in Washington, D.C.

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