Craig to attend 2013 Inaugural events


De Ara Craig, daughter of Claressa Craig, of Piedmont, granddaughter of James and Erica Goldsmith of Piedmont and Linda Craig of Seneca has been selected to take part in the celebration of a truly historic event   the Inauguration of the President and Vice President of the United States and attending the Middle School Presidential Inaugural Conference taking place from January 19 – 23, 2013 in Washington, DC.
De Ara is a 7th grade student at Woodmont Middle School. She is active in many volunteer opportunities, as well as her church and has received many academic awards including Woodmont Middle School’s International Baccalaureate  Learner of the Month twice.
De Ara is being extended this special opportunity exclusively due to her status as an alumna of the National Young Scholars Program (NYSP) at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. At the Middle School Presidential Inaugural Conference, De Ara and her fellow alumni will be honored as distinguished young leaders and accomplished students, and De Ara may even reconnect with her friends from NYSP.
Alumni of the National Young Scholars Program (NYSP), the Junior National Young Leaders Conference (JrNYLC), the Junior National Young Leaders Conference Alumni-Boston (JrNYLC Alumni Boston) and the National Young Leaders State Conference (NYLSC) programs who are in Middle School are invited exclusively to attend the Conference.
The inauguration of our elected leaders is the hallmark of our nation’s democratic government and occurs only once every four years. Being in our nation’s capital during this historic moment will be a powerful and valuable experience for De Ara.
At the Inaugural Conference, she will attend an exciting Keynote Speaker presentation with two very special guests, Barbara Bush and Jenna Hager, daughters of President and Mrs. George W. Bush. The event will be moderated by Norah O’Donnell, Chief White House Correspondent for CBS News.
Craig will also be on the National Mall for the public swearing in and oath of office of the President and Vice President
She will experience the sights and sounds of this national celebration and attend an educational viewing party and luncheon with presidential trivia games and prizes, as she and fellow Inaugural Scholars enjoy watching the inaugural parade on large viewing screens as the President, Vice President and their families make their way down Pennsylvania Avenue from the U.S. Capitol Building to the White House.
Her participation in the Conference depends on whether she can raise $4000 in sponsorships/donations.
If you would like to help her attend the historic event, contact  Claressa Craig by email at