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Superior students to attend inauguration of 45th president

Upward Bound students who will represent Superior at Friday’s presidential inauguration pose at the University of Wisconsin-Superior Tuesday. They are, left to right, front row, Madison Glenn, Sadie LaJoie and Grace Vicklun, back row, Brett Severson, Bailey Lynch and Rachael Tuve.

Six local high school student, members of the Upward Bound program at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, are gearing up for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit Washington, D.C., for the presidential inauguration of Donald J. Trump on Jan. 20.

These students from the Superior school district were selected to attend the inauguration from a competitive internal essay application process in October.

The students, Madison Glenn, Sadie LaJoie, Bailey Lynch, Brett Severson, Grace Vicklun and Rachael Tuve depart for Washington on Thursday, and return Sunday.

Upward Bound Director Angie Hugdahl noted that for many students, a tour to Washington, D.C., would not be possible.

"We continually remind our students that Upward Bound gives opportunities that would not otherwise be possible," Hugdahl said. "We strive to be an educational program that serves students who want to be good leaders and set goals to further their education to postsecondary."

While in Washington, D.C., students tour the Smithsonian museums, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and Arlington National Cemetery. They also plan to visit with Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., in her Congressional Office. The highlight of the tour will be watching the inauguration ceremonies for the 45th president of the United States and the inaugural parade. The group has been selected for special ticketed entrance through Baldwin's office.

In their application essays, which were submitted before November's election, students noted the historical significance of the election regardless of who was elected and the impact of inaugurations in our nation's history. Some students also shared that attending this tour would benefit them academically as they prepare to attend college by gaining a first-hand understanding of how the political system operates.