Germantown students prepare for Inauguration trip

Posted at 7:03 PM, Jan 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-16 22:12:37-05

Students in Germantown were so excited for the 2016 election before the results were in, they asked their teacher if they could watch the next president get sworn in.

Social Studies teacher Adam Johnson initially wasn't so sure. But, seeing his students' enthusiasm, he decided it was a moment in history he could help them be a part of.

Friday, that history is made.

"We kind of mapped out the whole election process," said Senior Emma Wax, one of 14 students going on the trip. "We're like, who could we be seeing in a couple months?"

The group has planned for more than a year. They fly to Washington D.C. at 5:00 a.m Wednesday.

Donald Trump may not have gotten Marina Pavon's vote, but the senior looks forward to the trip to the Inauguration. She tells TODAY'S TMJ4 she's open to what newly-inaugurated Trump will say.

"I am hoping that he will have a plan that will help our country move forward," she said.

Johnson hopes the students have learned in his class to set politics aside, evaluating candidates for the issues rather than the "show." He hopes the students will walk away with a new appreciation for the system, and their role in it.

"They really can have an impact, whether it's through participation or through getting the vote out or polling people, I think that all those are life lessons that really get them to grasp that they have a say in what happens in our country and how it happens," he said.

Wax feels it will do just that.

"It makes it more real, it makes you feel like you have a bigger say in who's elected," she said.

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