Students Attend Historic Inauguration
In January, Michael Moorhouse ’11 and Brielle Marks ’11 attended the inauguration of President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C.
On Tuesday, Jan. 20, Michael Moorhouse ’11 and Brielle Marks ’11 witnessed
history in the making. As participants in the University Presidential Inaugural
Conference, Moorhouse and Marks attended the inauguration of President Barack
Obama in Washington, D.C. “It was great to have the opportunity to witness first
hand such a historic event that will be looked back on and learned about by generations
to come,” said Moorhouse, a criminology and psychology major.
Marks and Moorhouse were invited to the conference because they are alumni
of the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF). The NYLF is an independent,
educational organization established to help prepare students for their professional
careers. High-achieving high school and university students are nominated
to attend NYLF programs by educators, organization advisers, alumni and participating
institutions, or through classroom surveys. Students may also be admitted
through an application process, provided they meet the academic requirements.
As high school students, Marks attended the forum for law in 2007, while Moorhouse attended for defense, intelligence and diplomacy in 2005.
The five-day conference included keynote speakers and political experts, as
well as the official swearing-in ceremony and the inaugural parade. Moorhouse
and Marks heard a number of political figures speak,
including former Vice President Al Gore and former
Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell. The two also
attended a private black-tie inaugural ball.
“Being able to attend changed my whole
perspective of President Obama,” said Marks, an
education and history major. “Listening to his
speech made me come to respect him even more
as a person and as a president.”
“I will never forget the feeling of being in
the crowd and the atmosphere of a city full of
100 percent unity,” Moorhouse said.