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Loras students head to the Inauguration

By Lauren Squires

DUBUQUE (KWWL) - Among the more than one-million people expected at the Inauguration will be about two-dozen Eastern Iowa students. As part of class, some Loras College students left Wednesday and will arrive in Washington, D.C. Thursday.

Newspaper clippings line the walls of this classroom at Loras College. Inside, excitement is buzzing about the class trip to see Barack Obama's Inauguration.

"I'm really really enthusiastic and really really excited. This is probably the single greatest opportunity in my entire life," said Jamison Kulhe of Dubuque.

Kuhle, of Dubuque, is one of 25 students getting the once-in-a-lifetime chance as part of their class on Presidential Inaugurations.

"We're looking at the inauguration address. What is barack obama going to say to the world?" said Professor Mary Lynn Neuhaus.

The class is writing their own speeches for the President-Elect.

"We have to write a speech for obama in his words. Whish is kind of interesting to use what he's gonan talk about and what he said in his campaign," said Dustin Newhoff of Waterloo.

After two weeks of studying past presential speeches. They get to see the real thing in person next week; a trip covered in their class fees.

"Kinda getting the world experience of supposively 4 million people there," said Newhoff.

He has been blogging about his experience thus far.

"Not very many people get to go to an inauguration. Many people if they go to one it's the only one. So for it to be the historical one of a lifetime. It's nice to cover it that way," said Newhoff.

Each student got a ticket to some part of the historic event though Iowa Senators, Congressman or the public lottery.

"I really love the state I'm from. I love living in Iowa. I love being from this community and I love the midwest. And I get to kinda being a piece of that with me when i go Washington," said Kuhle.

A once in a life time experience -- each will write about it when they return home. The students will blog about their trip - there's a link to it under Lauren's "Squires Scribbles" blog.

Online reporter: Lauren Squires

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