Kristin Howie, a senior at Eden Jr./Sr. High School, attended the 57th Inauguration of the President of the United States. Howie, an alumni of the National Youth Leadership Forum on Law and CSI, was invited to attend the High School Presidential Inaugural Conference. Howie was in Washington, D.C. to be part of the conference and the inauguration from Jan. 19 to Jan. 23. Howie met up with high school students from across the country.
While in Washington, Howie heard from Alex Shriver, national chairman of the College Republican National Committee and Tori Taylor, national president of the College Democrats of America. Both speakers provided insight into their election campaign strategies and information on how to be a leader.
Each day, the group participated in presidential group meetings. They discovered the roles filled by the president, including chief executive, commander in chief, political party leader and diplomat.
Former U.S. Secretary of State and National Security Advisor Condoleeza Rice delivered one of the keynote addresses to the students. Retired General Wesley Clark also spoke to the group. Howie was also able to attend a private viewing of “All the President’s Men,” followed by a panel discussion with renowned Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward and veteran journalist Nick Clooney.
On inauguration day, Howie took part in American history, welcoming President Barack Obama back for his second term as President of the United States of America. After watching the swearing-in ceremony on the National Mall, Howie attended a special viewing party of the President and First Lady’s walk from the U.S. Capitol Building down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House.
Howie is the daughter of Larry and Judy Howie of Eden. She plans to attend Nazareth College in the fall to study political science.