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Mr. Josey is going to Washington

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AMERICUS, GA (WALB) -

A Presidential Inauguration is one of the cornerstones of American democracy, whether it's a peaceful transition of power from one president to the next or a continuation of the term of a president for four more years.

Next week, when President Obama takes the oath of office, one South Georgia middle schooler will be there to see it in person.

Ledelle Josey is a seventh grader at Staley Middle School in Americus. He's one of hundreds of students at the school but he he's the only one going on a field trip planned for the end of the week.

"I leave Friday at 2 PM," he said.

This is no ordinary field trip. He's going to Washington, D.C. to see the presidential inauguration. The trip was sponsored by the group People to People. The organization asked for teachers to submit names of students to go.

Sarah Mack is Ledelle's English teacher.  She wound up being the point person for the group at the school   She said, "they e-mailed me - the People to People ambassador program - e-mailed me asking me to nominate 10 of my top students to be able to participate in this leadership forum with students all across the world."

The November election was a big topic at the school.

"The Social Studies teachers had a mock election just to show the students how important it is to cast their vote," said Mack.

And she noticed that Ledelle was one of the students in her class who stood out.

"He's a wonderful student, pays attention, very, very smart asks a lot of questions," she said.

She nominated ten students, and when Josey got the news that he was the one that had been chosen from that group, he couldn't believe it.

"I was actually really happy, my mom was happy for me.  I was actually speechless," he said.

Seeing any presidential inauguration is special but seeing the second inauguration of the first African-American president in American history makes it extra special for Ledelle.

It may not have the historical significance of 2009, but seeing President Obama take the oath of office will still be the thrill of a lifetime for Josey.

"It's a big thing and I'd love to see it. It's something I can tell my children and grandchildren," he said.

And it may inspire him - or his classmates - to do something just as special to land themselves in the history books in the future as well.

Josey says his parents and grandparents put aside money to help him do something special someday, never imagining that it would be seeing the first African-American president get inaugurated.

Josey will also hear a speech by the daughter of President Eisenhower, who helped to found People to People in 1956.

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