Lincoln Southwest High Students In D.C. For Inauguration

10 lucky Southwest High School students are in Washington, D.C. for the historic Inauguration. We spoke with one of the students on the phone Monday afternoon and she told us the energy at the Nation's Capital is amazing and with less then 24 hours to go until the Inauguration, the students say you can feel the excitement mounting in the air.

Early Saturday morning 10 Lincoln Southwest High School students caught a flight to D.C. for President-Elect Barack Obama's Inuaguration. Now in the Nation's Capital, students say there is a buzz in the air.

“Yesterday when we went to the National Mall Concert it was oh my gosh, million of people there it was so crowded. You can feel all the energy in the air and it just makes it more fun.” Southwest Freshman Dakota Sounderup says the students schedules have been packed with tours and meetings since they arrived.

Which means a lot of pictures, but not much sleep. “We went to the Jefferson Memorial and then we ate at Reagan and then we went to the National Mall Concert and today we're at the museum and we'll do some workshops and I think later we do a congressional meeting.”

Sounderup calls herself a lucky girl. She says this was the first election many of her classmates could vote in, so being at the Inauguration to witness history, is an amazing feeling.

“It is its even more then I expected everybody is so diverse and its just a changing experience and to be able to be here at this point in history is just really fun.”

Now the students tell us they will have a very early wake up call Tuesday, they have to wake up around 3 am to head to the Inauguration. It's probably a good idea to get a head start because security officials expect around 2 million people to show up.