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
January 3, 2009; 3:57 PM ET
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