by Jessi H '11

BSGE Goes Old School, Use Radios to Experience Inauguration

Through all the change,
through the good and the
bad, our country has always
relied on one thing to remain
constant: the eventual
swearing in of a new president.
Presidents have used
this time to get their message
across to the country,
and in doing so, broadcast
some of the most famous
and powerful quotes.
Among them is
John F. Kennedy’s order
to the country to “Ask not
what your country can do
for you, but what you can
do for your country,” and
Franklin Roosevelt’s assuring
line, “The only thing we
have to fear is fear itself.”
Although the inauguration
is always televised
and elections always
made public, teenagers and
young adults seemed more
involved this year. Watching
the inauguration in
school followed this trend.
Students packed
into the libraby, cafeteria,
dance room and other random
classrooms. Projectors
were set up for the student’s
viewing pleasures.
The conditions
however, were not the best.
The website that
the Board of Education had
agreed to stream the inauguration
from wouldn’t
load and neither would any
other live streaming website.
After many attempts
only one classroom got to
see it.
Everyone else got
to listen to the speech on radios.
However, listening
may have been a problem.
Tenth grader, Stephanie
Aristakesian, described
the scene in the library as,
“crowded and loud.”
This was difficult
as not everyone had their

full attention on the inauguration.
Ninth grader, Sofia Jimenez de Arechaga Jimenez, expressed her frustration towards the students around her, calling them disruptive, “they were very disrespectful.”
Students had a harder time focusing without the visuals, but those who cared listened closely.
Every detail of an inauguration counts, as students were quick to pick up on.
Eleventh grader Rudy Fuzaylov found one of Obama’s lines, “We are willing to extend our hands if you are willing to unclench your fists,” to be especially inspiring.
However, reactions were not all positive.
Eleventh grader, Billy Olivares was quick to point out an unnecessary part of the inauguration, saying the poem read was, “horrendous and useless,” making sure to include the low grade Mrs. Yu would give it.
Many of the students felt an emotional connection to the significant day.
Tenth grader, Matthew Grey, is still amazed that America has elected our first black president, “one hundred and fifty-three years after slavery is abolished, a black man has become president. Maybe after another 153 years, racism will be abolished completely.”
Having an African American as presidentsgives hope to an entire group of people. Americans are not the only ones affected. The change attitude has resonated throughout the world. Kenya, Indonesia, and China, watched the inauguration with tears in their eyes and hope in their heart. Tenth grader, Amy Augello, stated it clearly when she called it, “A big moment in history.”
America is going through hard times, but the inauguration gave hope to billions of people. It called for a time of generosity and caring for one another. This inauguration was not one to be forgotten, and as Stephanie Aristakesian put it, “It was fun to share it with each other.”

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