Hey girls! I just wanted to let y'all know about our latest big adventure! For those of you who don't know us, Haleigh and I are seniors at Satsuma High School, and also Girl Scouts from north Mobile County. This past week, we traveled to Washington, D.C. with a group from our school. We were with the Close Up program, a program that takes high school students to D.C. every year. This year, however, we were able to go to all kinds of Inaugural events! We saw President Obama being sworn in, we attended an Inaugural ball, and we went to the awesome concert on Sunday! (That's where this picture was taken.) The concert was amazing, because we got to see so many famous people, like Garth Brooks, Usher, James Taylor, Tom Hanks, Queen Latifah and Beyonce; as well as President Obama and Vice-President Biden. Being in Washington D.C. during this eventful time was so incredible; we were there to witness history -- along with three million other people! The crowds were insanely huge -- we couldn't move our arms we were packed so tight! The only thing worse than the crowds was the cold, and boy was it cold! Most days, it was in the 20's and 30's, sometimes with a wind chill in the teens! Also, Haleigh got to march in the Inaugural parade with Mobile's Azalea Trail Maids, which was a huge honor. For me though, one of the coolest things was meeting new people. We stayed in a hotel with several hundred other Close Up students from all over the country, (our roommates were from California!) and it was great to see how alike we were -- and how different. Close Up is a great program, so if you ever get an opportunity to participate in the program, go for it!
Leah N., Ambassador Troop 8495