GM Student Attends Presidential Inauguration

Posted on January 25, 2013, in Academics, Events

Eighth grader Ben Lincoln attended the Middle School Presidential Inaugural Conference held in Washington D.C. Jan. 19-Jan. 23. He joined numerous other middle school attendees as they heard from former first daughters Barbara Pierce Bush and Jenna Bush Hager, explored the presidency and the presidential campaigns, and took part in the celebration of America’s 57th Presidential Inauguration.

“The Presidential Inaugural Conference will provide students with an opportunity to take part in historic events that coincide with the Inauguration of the President of the United States,” said Dr. Marguerite Regan, Dean of Academic Affairs for the Presidential Inaugural Conference. “Something that is really wonderful about so many young people gathering in Washington, D.C. for this event is that it will provide them a chance to become more familiar with and attuned to the president who will govern our country over the next four years. We certainly hope this will inspire the next generation of U.S. leaders.”

Ben attended the Inauguration after being selected from members of The Congressional Youth Leadership Council (CYLC) and from alumni of a National Young Leaders State Conference (NYLSC ), a CYLC event. Ben has been a member of the CYLC after being recommended as an elementary student by Edinboro Elementary teacher Mrs. Smith. Her recommendation and his state school scores have earned him a spot on CYLC.

“As a middle school student, it is a wonderful program for Ben with their emphasis on developing leaders and socializing bright young people,” said Ben’s mother Barbara Lincoln. “It has afforded him opportunities to interact and attend functions like the inauguration and the State Conference he attended in Pittsburgh.”

As a Middle School Inaugural Scholar, Ben attended a special viewing party and a luncheon, where they watched the Inaugural parade on viewing screens. He also attended an exclusive Gala Inaugural Celebration at National Harbor. Outside of the inaugural events and festivities, Ben joined others as they explored historic sites and memorials in Washington D.C. and participated in activities to build upon their knowledge of democratic principles and the presidential election process.

Congrats to Ben for representing Erie County’s General McLane School District and helping the District remain one of the best schools in Erie County, PA!

For more information about the Middle School Presidential Inaugural Conference, visit