Obama Essay Contest Winners

By: Jason Colthorp
By: Jason Colthorp

Better late than never.

I know this is a little late for those wondering if they had a chance to go to Washington, D.C., but I couldn't find the info until just today.  Finally, a shrewdly worded google search did the trick.  Here's the news clip from the Obama Inauguration website:

More than a quarter-million Americans submitted essays answering the question, “What does this Inauguration mean to you?“ It was difficult to choose just ten Americans to receive a “Ticket to History” but today we’ve announced the names of those people we’ll be flying out to Washington, D.C. for the Inauguration.

The first person we announced last week, Cynthia Russell, from Newberry, Florida, wrote of her dream that 2009 would be a better year for her homebuilding business. “Barack gives me hope,“ she wrote. “Hope that 2009 will truly bring change to Americans who find themselves in this mess with me.“

The ten Americans traveling to the nation’s capital next week include a firefighter who left his job in the financial sector to join the New York City Fire Department after September 11, a member of the United States Army whose husband is serving in Iraq, an inner-city school teacher in Baltimore, a former Peace Corps Volunteer in Kenya, and a small business owner from California.

Here’s the names of the ten “Ticket to History” recipients:

William Tandey (Price, UT)

Bill Ferguson (Baltimore, MD)

James Bryan (Loganville, GA)

Spirit Trickey-Rowan (Little Rock, AR)

Aleia Jones (Chicago, IL)

Christopher Cuneen (Bronx, NY)

Cynthia Russell (Newberry, FL)

Stacy Freiwald (Coronado, CA)

James Riviere (Arlington, VA)

Amelia Nuñez (Long Beach, CA)

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