LHS seniors meet the Obamas
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama made time for a quick visit and photo with 50 Loveland High School (LHS) seniors Veteran’s Day weekend while the students were touring Arlington National Cemetery, one stop on the class tour of Washington D.C.
“Out of all the memorials we visited, Arlington National Cemetery had the most profound effect on me,” said Matt Becker, LHS senior. “It was overwhelming to see the expanse of the cemetery, as it seemingly never ended. I walked away from Arlington with a recognition of just how lucky I truly am and an admiration of the American troops who lay it all on the line
for our freedom.
“Meeting Mr. and Mrs. Obama was something that I will never forget. I noticed that no matter how the media praises or rebukes them, they still concern themselves with the needs of the American people. It gave me some insight into the extreme amount of pressure placed on the President.”
“Meeting President Obama and the First Lady was surreal,” said Jenna Myklebust, LHS senior. “It still feels like a dream. They were so grateful and caring toward the families at the cemetery. I think the most shocking thing was how real, modest, and genuine they are.”
Dave Volkman, LHS social studies teacher, organizes the trip each year. Fifty seniors are allowed to sign up to go and are selected on a first come, first serve basis.
“This is the first time the students have gotten to meet the President,” said Volkman. “My hope is that they leave with a deeper, better understanding of American ideals and history, and the responsibilities of citizenship.”