“People started taking pictures of us,” she said. “My friend said her mom saw us on TV because she recognized her bright yellow jacket while laying there.”
Other than the inauguration ceremony, Stephenson said she really enjoyed visiting the Newseum.
“It was a really cool museum. It was very modern, unlike the other museums we went through. The architecture was just really cool. Everything was all glass making things really bright,” she said.
CCS junior Lucas Lyons said before leaving for the inauguration he was prepared to be impressed by President Barack Obama’s speech and was not left disappointed.
“It was really amazing having so many people surrounding you being so patriotic. It was really something that you won’t forget,” he said.
Lyons said being a part of such a large crowd made him realize how small the world really is and how connected people are to one another.
“Although we believe in many different things, we all came together to support our country,” he said. “So many people wanted Mitt Romney to be president and so many people wanted Obama to be president, but at this time we all came together to support the president.”
Senior Ryan Barrows said it is hard to pick out just a few highlights from the trip because there were so many things to do and see. He said he really enjoyed the Holocaust Museum and seeing all the monuments.
“We were able to learn a lot about the monuments and got neat little history backgrounds on each of them,” he said.
“The highlight was obviously the inauguration," he said. "It was a good experience and not everybody can say they have done it.”