AUBURN – Janna Laverdiere, a student at St. Dominic Regional High School, has been accepted into the People to People Presidential Inauguration, an educational program in Washington, D.C., Jan. 19 to 23, 2005.

Laverdiere will join a group of students as the nation ushers in a new four-year presidential term. Activities will include the official swearing-in of the president and vice president, the inaugural address, parade and a celebratory ball.

Laverdiere was nominated and accepted for the honor based on previous participation with People to People programs. As part of the Presidential Inauguration, Laverdiere will explore America’s presidential heritage by visiting such places as Mount Vernon, the estate and gardens of George Washington; Monticello, the home and plantation of Thomas Jefferson; and Ford’s Theatre, where Abraham Lincoln was assassinated.

The student delegation will attend a presentation by People to People President and CEO Mary Eisenhower, as she shares the legacy of her grandfather and People to People founder, President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Discussions and leadership activities will guide the students as they experience history in the making.

The program is coordinated by People to People Student Ambassador Programs, based in Spokane, Wash., to fulfill the vision Dwight D. Eisenhower had for fostering world citizenship when he established the organization in 1956.

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