Forest Hills student to attend presidential inauguration
Forest Hills High School Freshman Lena Rushing will have a chance to witness history later this month as she travels to the presidential inauguration.
Rushing was selected to attend the High School Presidential Inaugural Conference, part of the Inaugural Scholar program.
Rushing is an alumna of the Junior National Young Leaders Program. She has been involved in multiple leadership organizations.
She and other invited students will hear presentations from former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Wesley Clark.
"I'm most excited about seeing the different speakers in Washington and actually seeing how they handle things differently because I was thinking about going into politics," Rushing said.
She was "elated" when she was invited to the event.
Rushing and other participates will watch the oath of office from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, located on the National Mall. They will also be attending various inauguration events and a gala celebration with other participants.
She is looking forward to seeing people from other parts of the country and visiting the monuments.
She has been involved with these conferences since about fifth grade.
In school, Rushing is involved with the track team and the drama department. She is considering joining Student Council next year. At church she is on the usher board, where she serves as a secretary.
Her father, Perry Rushing, said he was excited to see his daughter attend.
"It's just a wonderful feeling," he said. "It's a blessing, that's for sure."
He added that his daughter is on the honor roll, teaches, attends church and is an excellent student.
"She's a real good girl. Best girl in the world, as far as I'm concerned," he said. "She works hard, that's for sure. She's not one of those that just comes to it, she works at it. She tries very hard at everything she does."
In order to finance the trip, Rushing held several fundraisers at church and in the community.
"I'd like to thank everyone that donated," she said.