West Sayville resident and Sayville High School student Emily E. Perun will get an opportunity few of her peers will have: witnessing the swearing-in of newly re-elected President Barack Obama.
Perun will travel to Washington, D.C. to participate in President Obama's Inaugural address on the National Mall, a private breakfast and tour at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, and laying a commemorative wreath at the burial place of President John F. Kennedy
She will also participate in a cross-cultural opportunity to meet a delegation of Chinese students, and a take a tour of the International Spy Museum's new exhibit “Exquisitely Evil: 50 Years of Bond Villains."
During the seven-day trip, provided by the People to People Leadership Ambassador program, she will also have the opportunity to learn about effective leadership and how to develop her own leadership abilities, as well as how to apply those skills upon returning home. Hands-on activities such as museum visits and service learning projects, relevant professional speakers, small-group workshops, and visits to significant local venues.
“What I am most excited about is seeing the Inauguration on the steps of the Capitol from the National Mall" said Perun, in a press statement from the organization which runs People to People Leadership Summits to provide students a chance to explore the various aspects of leadership in specific
The programs offer students a unique blend of specialized educational, leadership, and cultural exposure as well as itineraries filled with the highlights of the hosting communities.