DONALDSONVILLE, LA (WAFB) - The talk of the day Tuesday was Monday's inauguration of President Barack Obama. For seven Donaldsonville High School students and their chaperones, the evening will be spent remembering seeing it all in person.
The five students, their principal and chaperon from Donaldsonville High say their three-day trip to Washington for the inauguration is all sinking in.
"It's meant everything so far to just be in the president's presence. Being able to see him, to get to talk to some highly-ranked people in society who are very successful," said Michael Favorite, junior class president.
The group spent the weekend sightseeing and visiting Senator Mary Landrieu's office. Principal Dr. Esrom Pitre says being just yards away from the president as he made his way to the Capitol for his public swearing-in topped the whole trip off.
"To have these young students there to see other individuals there from all over the world, to see the brotherhood and the love that they showed out there was quite amazing," said Pitre.
Senior Class President Ronald Comeaux says he cannot wait to share everything he saw and learned with his class and the community. He says especially the sense of togetherness he felt there despite the political bickering and fighting among Americans in the past few weeks.
"America will survive, and America will continue to conquer any of the challenges that it will face, and that we as a nation...we are still one," said Comeaux.
"To be live in the moment and see these things going on...I'm baffled for words. It's just hard to even speak about that right now because I never thought I would be there on the grounds," said Pitre.
Pitre says a few Donaldsonville graduates have decided they want to send a group of current students from the school to Washington, D.C. for future inaugurations.