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Last Full Day - Presidential Inauguration, 2013

Address from keynote speaker Wesley Clark, discussion among peers throughout the country and a Black Tie & Gown Gala Inaugural Celebration concluded the conference's last full day.

My last full day in DC.  Today we had the privilege of hearing from keynote speaker, General Wesley Clark, former NATO Supreme Allied Commander, four-star general and presidential candidate. General Clark addressed, among other interesting topics, how demands for leadership essentially 'forced' him to become a leader.  And as a result, he rose to the challenge.

Later we discussed the issues that important to us personally as well as our communities.  It was educational to learn about resources available to other students to help them take action in their own communities.  Our discussions highlighted both the similarities and differences between issues in Deerfield compared to those issues others face in their own communities.  

Our final evening in Washington DC was amazing.  We attended The Black Tie and Gown Gala Inaugural Celebration at the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar- Hazy Center. Another great time to share with new friends while exploring the museum again.  Available to us were ride simulators and interactive flight simulators, the Space Shuttle Discover, which flew 39 successful missions to space, and a movie at the IMAX theater.

It did not hurt to that there was an amazing dessert bar, and an opportunity for everyone to let loose and act a little silly while dressed in our black tie attire while the DJ's played!  A great conclusion to this historical, educational, sometimes exhausting but life changing conference!

Nothing can compare to such a real life, first hand experience but of course I must now return home this evening to my Deerfield High School Finals tomorrow.  Soon, a recap of my historical, educational, insightful and extremely enjoyable trip to Washington.

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