CedarBridge Students Head To U.S. Inauguration

January 18, 2013 | 16 Comments

Twenty-one students from CedarBridge Academy left Bermuda this afternoon [Jan 18], heading to the inauguration of US President Barack Obama in Washington, DC.

The 16-17 year olds are being accompanied by their teachers Mr. Jason Wade and Ms. Renee Lewis. The students were invited to attend based on their enrollment in the American History course taught at CedarBridge Academy by Mr. Jason Wade.

CBA Cedarbridge Academy History Students Attend Barack Obama Inauguration, Bermuda January 18 2013

This is the second time that CedarBridge Academy students have attended an inauguration, as ten students attended President Obama’s first inauguration in 2009.

CedarBridge Academy deputy principal Mr. Anthony Wade organized the trip and stated that the main objective of the trip is to expose the students to the mechanics of government, elections, power, the constitution, honoring service, politics and law.

Mr Wade said the inauguration of a US president seemed to be the best occasion to experience these sophisticated systems and democracy in action. He said that while Bermuda shares many similarities in terms of the above systems public accessibility to exchanges of power ceremonies is limited and restricted to invitation only events at Government House. He wanted the students to be in the midst of a huge public event and celebration.

In addition to the inauguration ceremony the students will visit the Smithsonian Institute Museum of American History, the Dr. Martin Luther King Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, Howard University and other places of interest in Washington DC. Mr Wade noted that the parents and Ministry of Education were very supportive of this initiative and that the students are excited and eager to engage in an experience of a lifetime.

President Barack Obama’s inauguration will be held in Washington DC on Monday, January 21. As the third Monday in January, this year’s inauguration day is also Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday in the United States marking Dr. King’s birthday.

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  1. Ryan says:

    This is of course a wonderful learning experience; however, I only hope that, had the election gone the other way, the trip would have still been planned!

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  2. Craig St. George says:

    Great job Jason - you guys have a good time. Viva Bermuda

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  3. Sledge Hamma says:

    Great opportunity for these kids. Good lesson taught as well. Work Hard - and you get rewarded! Thanks to the teachers and others involved in the planning of this trip!

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  4. Oh Please says:

    True American History is not taught in schools.

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  5. Triangle Drifter says:

    What....No huge OBA Government contingent jetting off to Washington this time to whoop it up at Bermuda sponsored partys & riding around in very expensive limos???

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  6. Prayerful says:

    My only concern is that there are not enough adults on the trip. But maybe there are parents going that have not been pitured. However be safe and enjoy.

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  7. Observer says:

    There is a 10-1 ratio on the trip which is acceptable but Bernews didn't report that Deputy Principal Wade is also going on the trip. Prayerful just keep your comments to yourself. So people just comment just to hear themselves. They are highschool students not babies you do not need more chaperones than kids.

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    • Clive Spate says:

      A 10-1 ratio is not acceptable if only two staff were going. An emergency could leave one staff member with twenty students. I'm only saying this as I think you were a little harsh on Prayerful who wished a safe and enjoyable trip but had a legitimate concern (going off the info in the article)

      Great opportunity for the students and thumbs up to the staff involved for making it happen.

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      • Parent says:

        My daughter is on this trip and I do know for a fact that deputy Wade is on the trip as well and that the students are in groups of 7 so there are three cheparons not 2 which is plenty

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  8. Proud Bermudian says:

    Sounds fantastic, lucky students only wish I could witness this exciting event. Well done Mr. Wade and students...

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  9. Between de lines says:

    Funny... When I was in high school ( years ago), it seemed we learned more about British and American history than our own Bermuda. Looks like little has changed, and now school trips are being planned around learning about another country's history per se. I'm not against it as it provides great incentives for learning to our youth... Who wouldn't jump at the prospect of traveling abroad! However, I believe that a better balance should be achieved in teaching youth about their own country. Bring back the school field trips to places, businesses etc. around Bermuda and teach children what we have to value here. It's not surprising that the lure of living abroad is so enticing, especially once these youth experience university.

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