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D.C. Students Can Win Top Parade Seating With Essay Contest

District middle and high school students can write their way into a front row seat to the inaugural parade of President-elect Barack Obama.

More than 100 students will be selected to sit in a viewing stand in front of the White House, based on the best 500-word essays answering this question: "How can I contribute to my neighborhood through community service?"

The students must live and attend public or private school in the District, said Kevin Griffis, a spokesman for the committee. Their parents and guardians, who must submit the essays on their behalf, must also reside in the District.

Winners of the essay contest will be allowed to bring two guests to join them in the special viewing stand next to one reserved for Obama and other dignitaries.

"This is prime real estate, I guess you could say," Griffis said.

The Presidential Inaugural Committee wanted to emphasize Obama's commitment to community service and to the District, said Kevin Griffis, a spokesman for the committee.

Students can apply by clicking here. Entries must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. Jan. 11.

By Nikita Stewart

By Marcia Davis  |  January 3, 2009; 3:57 PM ET  | Category:  In the Community , Parade , Presidential Inaugural Committee , Youth
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Please join us in Washington, DC
on January 20th, 2009, as we celebrate the Inauguration of America's 44th President,
President Barack Obama

Located in the Historic Old Post Office Pavilion on Pennsylvania Avenue, The Inaugural DC Ball will feature top flight entertainment including Chuck Brown Clones of Funk along with numerous special Guests.
Ticket price includes open bar, light fare and a special Inaugural Gift.
Attendees will take their place in history
while helping to raise funds for the Metropolitan Police Boys & Girls Clubs, the event's beneficiary.

Tickets for this exciting celebration are currently available for just $150 by visiting www.DCBall2009.com
Tickets include beer, wine, non-alcoholic beverages and appetizers. This is a 21 and over event.

Posted by: InauguralDC | January 3, 2009 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Another, really - really bad day for the DEMOCRUDS.

Posted by: hclark1 | January 4, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

I wanted to know if your children reside in DC as well as the parents, but attended a private school in VA, can they still apply for the contest for DC kids?

Posted by: Danniebrwn | January 5, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

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