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St. John Central students return from Inauguration

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Bellaire, January 24, 2017 | comments
Students and staff from St. John Central High School have returned from Washington D.C. after a trip to President Trump's inauguration last Friday.
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By Katie Davison
Published January 24, 2017
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Students and staff from St. John Central High School have returned from Washington D.C. after a trip to President Trump's inauguration last Friday.

The trip was made possible through Ohio Congressman Bill Johnson’s office.

St. John started a very timely politics class last year after expressed interest from students.

“The students brought to my attention, ‘Hey what if we possibly take a field trip down to the inauguration?’ I said. ‘I'll look into it and see what we can do,’ " teacher George Irvin said.

Student Aaron Rataiczak says it was his idea.

“I pitched it to Mr. Irvin and then he told me to ask Mrs. Leonard, so I asked and it got approved. So we wrote Bill Johnson's office and he was gracious enough to give us tickets," Rataiczak said.

"There was a lot of security,” student Austin Butler said. “It was kind of like we were off in a gated community, I guess you could say.

SJC Biology teacher Dan Vitlip tagged along for the trip, serving as the group's second chapter.

"I enjoyed it,” he said. “I thought it was fantastic. The people were excited, our students were excited."

But Viplip took particular interest in how the national media portrayed the event.

"From what I saw, and I experienced, and what I'm seeing on television and whatnot and the different media exposure, it's quite skewed. In some cases, quite different."

"Being in high school as high school seniors when you’re still in your formative years, still looking to see what you're going to do with your own life and hopefully this left a big mark upon them to be involved in politics, current events, and hopefully infuse themselves as part of the electorate," Irvin said.

“It was a very humbling experience to see our government actually work,” Rataiczak said.

“It was awesome,” Butler said.

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