5 Abilene High School students to go to presidential inauguration


ABILENE, Texas - The nation is just three days away from seeing the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th U.S. president, and a group of students from Abilene High School will get to witness the historic event in person.

Thursday morning, five students will pack their bags and make their way to Washington, D.C.

Wyatt Martinez, a teacher at AHS, said the trip was a year in the making. He said the school was contacted by a company called World Strides, which assists students and educators with travel.

"I think it's a once-in-a-lifetime experience, very few people can say they've been to a presidential inauguration," Martinez said.

Martinez spent last year recruiting juniors and seniors in each U.S history class. Junior Alonzo Gonzales signed up for the trip as soon as he knew Martinez was chaperoning.

"I'll be the first one to say that I've gone to inauguration and I've gone to D.C out of my family," Gonzales said. "It was something my family really wanted for me."

Each student paid $2,000, but Gonzales and his family didn't let money become an obstacle. They raised $1,500 with a plate sale.

The group will also be sightseeing and visiting museums on their four-day stay.