Obama takes office
Published 12:03 pm Wednesday, January 21, 2009
By By MaryClaire Foster
Cheers erupted following President Barack Obama’s inauguration in the auditorium of Escambia County High School Tuesday, as the entire student body gathered to witness the historic event.
Principal Harvey Means said the assembly, where a projector screen was set up on stage to view live inaugural coverage, was held to give students the opportunity to witness history.
Means said he was especially appreciative of the opportunity to have such an occasion shared in an educational setting.
Jamieka North, a student at the high school, watched the inauguration with her fellow classmates and said to her it symbolized change for the country.
Sheryl West, librarian at ECHS, echoed the same sentiments of unity.
Keiana Quarker White teaches at ECHS said she to sees this as an encouraging step forward for the country.
ECHS teacher, Tovjivanese Grissett, looked at the inauguration not only for what it represents for the past and present, but for the significance it will still hold in the future.
Following the inauguration, Means addressed the student body and reminded them also of the historical significance the event held.
According to Internet reports, between 1.8 million and 2 million people were present at the inauguration. Official reports from the National Parks Service should be released by the end of the week.