CAPITOL BOUND: At age 10 (above) Adam Moran visited Washington, D.C. for the first time. Thanks to his year at Bath Elementary School, he will attend the Inauguration.

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Student goes to Washington, D.C.

Published 11:51pm Saturday, January 19, 2013

This weekend, outstanding middle school students from across the United States will take part in a truly American celebration – the Inauguration of the President of the United States.
One of those middle school students will be there because of the year he spent in at Bath Elementary.
Adam Moran attended the school four years ago when he came to live with his grandparents, Gail and Pat Kenefick.
“He was just a smart kid who was going through some emotional times,” said Gail.
Moran only attended Bath for a year, but he made an impression.
“He was nominated by his third-grade teacher (Katherine Holt) in Bath and once you get into that program, you’re invited to events like this through to your senior year,” Gail said.
During the five-day program, the Middle School Presidential Inaugural Conference will provide Moran with a deeper understanding of the history behind the electoral process and the rich traditions surrounding the Presidential Inauguration, according to a pres release issued by organizers, Envision EMI.
“The Presidential Inaugural Conference will provide students with an opportunity to take part in historic events that coincide with the Inauguration of the President of the United States,” said Dr. Marguerite Regan, Dean of Academic Affairs for the Presidential Inaugural Conference. “Something that is really wonderful about so many young people gathering in Washington, D.C. for this event is that it will provide them a chance to become more familiar with and attuned to the president who will govern our country over the next four years. We certainly hope this will inspire the next generation of U.S. leaders.”
Middle School Inaugural Scholars will have the opportunity to hear about growing up in the first family from former first daughters Barbara Pierce Bush and Jenna Bush Hager and will also hear from fellow students who have affected change in their own schools and communities.  Inaugural Scholars will attend a special viewing party and luncheon where they will watch the grandeur of the inaugural parade on large viewing screens, as the President, Vice President and their families make their way down Pennsylvania Avenue from the U.S. Capitol Building to the White House.  To further commemorate Inauguration Day, scholars will attend an exclusive Gala Inaugural Celebration at National Harbor.
In addition to participating in inaugural events and festivities, scholars will have the opportunity to explore the numerous historic sites and memorials in our nation’s capital, as well as participate in activities designed to expand their knowledge of democratic principles and the presidential election process.
Gail will be able to keep up with each event as her grandson attends them. The organization sends text messages to family members throughout the conference.
“I’d like to be there myself to tell you the truth,” Gail said. “I think it’s a great opportunity for a young boy from a small town to see how the presidential inauguration process works.”
For more information about the Middle School Presidential Inaugural Conference, visit www.inauguralscholar.com/ms.

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