Area youths attending inauguration

Five young people from the Cayman Islands are in Washington, DC, this week to see Barack Obama become the 44th president of the United States.

Harvey Stephenson Jr., Alyssa Miller, Sasha Wyckoff, Owen McLaughlin and Josh Carrig are members of the University Presidential Inaugural Conference. Brandon McLean will attend as part of the Presidential Youth Inaugural Conference.

The students are following a busy itinerary in Washington. Not only will they be witness to the inaugural ceremonies, but also to speeches by American leaders like former Secretary of State Colin Powell and former Vice President Al Gore.

The students were selected to attend the conference because of their involvement with previous international student gatherings.

‘It’s a programme for people who have been a part of the Global Young Leaders Conference to come together and watch the inauguration together in Washington,’ explained Mr. Stephenson., who is in his second year at Brown University.

Ms Wyckoff, who attends University of Miami, further explained: ‘They picked people who performed outstandingly at the GYLC and, I guess, they wanted to give us the opportunity to witness history. Everyone’s excited to see the changes that Obama is going to make.’

The conference lasts until 21 January and will feature several seminars and an inaugural ball.

‘We could choose between a lot of different speakers,’ said Ms Miller. ‘It’s really leadership oriented.’

The students accepted their invitations to the conference long before they found out that the president-elect was Obama.

‘We got invited probably seven or ten months ago, before we even knew that Obama was going to be president-elect,’ said Ms Wyckoff.