Tim Messersmith, a U.S. history and civics teacher at Peninsula High, stands with some of the students he’ll be escorting to Washington, D.C., to attend the inauguration of president-elect Donald Trump. “The purpose of the visit is to give the kids a chance to witness history, the peaceful transfer of power. The inauguration will be a living classroom,” Messersmith said. It will be the teacher’s second experience attending an inauguration with students, and he’s intrigued to see how it compares with Obama’s in 2013, where he acquired this souvenir scarf. From left: Kourtney Roberts, 17, of Peninsula High; Taggart Messersmith, 12, St. Nicholas Catholic School; Jamie Freeburg, 16, Bellarmine Prep; Lissa Racette, 17, Peninsula; Tim Messersmith; Holly Lake, 17, Peninsula and Payton Schneider, 16, Bellarmine Prep. Also going are Bailey Turner, 17, Peninsula and Karly Ward, 18, Bellarmine Prep.
Tim Messersmith, a U.S. history and civics teacher at Peninsula High, stands with some of the students he’ll be escorting to Washington, D.C., to attend the inauguration of president-elect Donald Trump. “The purpose of the visit is to give the kids a chance to witness history, the peaceful transfer of power. The inauguration will be a living classroom,” Messersmith said. It will be the teacher’s second experience attending an inauguration with students, and he’s intrigued to see how it compares with Obama’s in 2013, where he acquired this souvenir scarf. From left: Kourtney Roberts, 17, of Peninsula High; Taggart Messersmith, 12, St. Nicholas Catholic School; Jamie Freeburg, 16, Bellarmine Prep; Lissa Racette, 17, Peninsula; Tim Messersmith; Holly Lake, 17, Peninsula and Payton Schneider, 16, Bellarmine Prep. Also going are Bailey Turner, 17, Peninsula and Karly Ward, 18, Bellarmine Prep. Drew Perine dperine@thenewstribune.com
Tim Messersmith, a U.S. history and civics teacher at Peninsula High, stands with some of the students he’ll be escorting to Washington, D.C., to attend the inauguration of president-elect Donald Trump. “The purpose of the visit is to give the kids a chance to witness history, the peaceful transfer of power. The inauguration will be a living classroom,” Messersmith said. It will be the teacher’s second experience attending an inauguration with students, and he’s intrigued to see how it compares with Obama’s in 2013, where he acquired this souvenir scarf. From left: Kourtney Roberts, 17, of Peninsula High; Taggart Messersmith, 12, St. Nicholas Catholic School; Jamie Freeburg, 16, Bellarmine Prep; Lissa Racette, 17, Peninsula; Tim Messersmith; Holly Lake, 17, Peninsula and Payton Schneider, 16, Bellarmine Prep. Also going are Bailey Turner, 17, Peninsula and Karly Ward, 18, Bellarmine Prep. Drew Perine dperine@thenewstribune.com

Student historians head to D.C. to witness ‘peaceful transfer of power’

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