30 Washington state students attending inauguration

About 30 Kennewick students won't have to settle for watching history unfold on TV when the country's first black president is sworn into office in January.

They're traveling to Washington, D.C., to tour the nation's capital and watch Barack Obama be inaugurated as the 44th U.S. president.

"It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," said Ha'ani Ritter, 13, an eighth-grader at Highlands Middle School.

Two groups of students from the Kennewick district -- from Highlands and Kamiakin High School-- are making the trip.

They're going through the student travel organization WorldStrides and are expected to visit places such as the Washington Monument, Arlington National Cemetery and Smithsonian museums.

They'll be able to earn a school credit for the trip. But that's not why they're excited to go, several said.

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