The crowd was not as large as the president’s first inauguration, but an estimated 1 million people gathered to watch him be sworn in for a second term.
In attendance were 46 ninth- through 12th-grade students from Cooperstown Central School.
Freshman Olivia Leinhart called it “mind-boggling” to be so close to the president. She said it was her first trip to Washington, D.C.
“The inauguration itself was definitely my favorite part of the trip,” she said. “It is a part of history and I would recommend that other students go if given the chance."
Leinhart said another highlight of the trip for her was getting to take part in the WorldStrides Inaugural Dance. She said the event, just for students, was fun because it allowed for mingling with other students from all around the country.
This marked the third time CCS has provided the opportunity for students to attend the inauguration through WorldStrides, an educational student travel company. High school social studies teacher Jennifer Pindar has planned all three trips. She said the students had a richer experience compared to the last time because they had a better view of the inauguration ceremony and were able to see and do more.
“Because the last inauguration had close to 1.8 million people we were not able to get to places such as the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Wall and the Korean Memorial just because of the large masses of people. This trip we were able to go up the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, we were able to go up and actually touch the Vietnam Wall and were able to see things we couldn't physically get ourselves to last time. Also, we couldn't get into Mount Vernon last time, this time we were able to go through the house and all that,” she said.