Posted: Jan 2, 2013 6:56 PM by Mitch Bryan
Updated: Jan 19, 2013 11:06 PM
BEEVILLE - A hard-working senior from A.C. Jones High School in Beeville will join the thousands of people attending President Obama's inauguration in about 2 weeks.
18 year old Taylor Jones is a Senior at A.C. Jones High School in Beeville. Ranked among the top of her class, Taylor spends her days taking Dual Credit courses and juggling her many extra curricular activities. But it would seem the extra effort has paid off, only a few days ago, Taylor's mom handed her a letter with the presidential seal on it.
"Presidential, and I was like, what does this mean? She was like, read it. And I was like, yeah, but what does it mean? She said it means you get to go to Washington," Taylor's mom told her.
It was an invitation to the Presidential Inaugural Leadership Summit, inviting her to join over a million people that will watch President Obama be sworn in for his second term. Taylor says it's her first big trip away from home, all by herself, and though she's nervous about what could go wrong, she's excited to be going.
"It's up there, because not many people get to say, they went to Washington to watch the first black president be re-sworn in to office, for the second time," Jones said.
The trip will cost Jones about $4,000, but most of that has already been raised by some generous donors in her area, including one of her local VFW posts.
"Knowing that they would help a teenager from a small town like Beeville, actually means so much to me. Because they would want somebody to go that far and actually get to do something like that. And having veterans donate to me, here's 5 dollars, here's 2 dollars, that means so much to me because not many people would help somebody like that," she said, wiping away tears.
Taylor leaves for D.C. In just a couple of weeks, and has a busy itinerary to stick to. But she says she never would have gotten to go, if she hadn't put a little more effort into her studies, and she suggests that others do the same.
"You actually have to work for it, study those extra 20 minutes, it'll help," said Jones.
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