Central Middle School teacher Ashley Koester submitted this photo of the Devils Lake students who attended President Donald Trump’s Inauguration Jan. 15 through Jan. 21.

Central Middle School teacher Ashley Koester submitted this photo of the Devils Lake students who attended President Donald Trump’s Inauguration Jan. 15 through Jan. 21.

Madison Svedberg, Anika Cavanaugh, Lyla Horn, Lillian Mills, Emily Deplazes, Madison Lehmann, Makenna Baeth, Preston Halvorson, Caleb Schneider, Maxwell Elfman, Charles Craddock and Derek Kitchens saw the sights of the D.C. area and attended the historic event on Friday, Jan. 20 thanks to the Close Up, Washington D.C. program.

The 11 seventh graders and one eighth grader had the time of their lives during their week in D.C. They were up at 7 a.m. every day and in their rooms by 9:30 p.m. each night. In between were full days of sightseeing and participating in small and large discussion groups, etc.

Charles Craddock, the lone eighth grader in the group, said he enjoyed the Mock Congress they all participated in, discussing the actual bills the real Congress will be debating in the days and months ahead. In the Smithsonian he said he saw the very first video game ever created. "That was cool!" He was also impressed with the size of the nation's monuments, how large they were. It was the monument to Iwo Jima that touched him the most, however. While the Devils Lake group visited that site a man who had survived that battle identified himself to the crowd and impressed the teens by allowing them to take photos with him.