June 23, 2012
Tristan Farquharson, 12, holds his invitation Tuesday to the Middle School Presidential Inaugural Conference, scheduled for January 2013 in Washington, D.C. The incoming Craig Middle School seventh-grader will have the opportunity to watch as President Barack Obama is sworn in for a second term or Republican Party challenger Mitt Romney takes the oath of office.
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The words “Presidential Inaugural Conference” glistened in gold against the invitation’s dark blue background. At first, Tristan Farquharson didn’t know what to think. “When I figured out that I got to go, I was really excited,” the 12-year-old said. “But yet, then again, I was like, ‘Somebody from Craig is actually going to this?’” Tristan said with awe in his voice.