Anderson County Students Witness Inauguration and More

Susan Campbell, Jan Frasier, Troy Knight, Colton Frasier, Becky Frederick, Will Frasier, Sadie Burge, Will Thompson, Aislinn Gay, Emma Gay, Kelly Jo Gay, and Ragan BurgeKentucky Delegationimage7123123Inaugural ball on the Spirit of Washington Dinner Cruise

A group of Anderson County students along with dozens of others from around the state not only recently got to witness the inauguration of Donald Trump, but also learn and experience the process of elections and government at all levels.

Starting back in November of 2015, the Anderson County 4-H Club has been planning the inauguration trip along with a number of other experiences to teach its student members about the inner workings of government at all levels.  According to Anderson County 4-H agent, Susan Campbell, the students in the club got to meet with local and state politicians like State Representative James Tipton and State Senator Julian Carroll during the year before the trip.

As the inauguration neared, eight Anderson County students and four adults, along with over 500 students from 28 different states, made their way to Washington, DC, for a national 4-H conference to learn how elections work on a national level. As part of the 66 member Kentucky delegation, they held mock town halls, presidential elections, and more.  A student from Boyle County was elected as their president.

In addition to the conference, the students got to experience the many landmarks and monuments of Washington, DC.  One of their favorite parts of the trip, according to Susan, was the “Newseum” which is a museum dedicated to how the media covers elections and significant events. They also enjoyed an inauguration ball and dinner cruise on the Potomac River.

For the inauguration itself, Susan explained they were able to receive passes that placed the students as close to the front as possible without having to know someone directly.  They also didn’t experience any of the protests that were happening at the time. Although they couldn’t see as much as they wanted during their trip due to time and security constraints, Susan said that they felt like they learned a lot.

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