Local student going to inauguration

RALEIGH Michael Goss, a 6th grader and straight A student at Heritage Middle School, got an invitation through his involvement with the Jr. Presidential Youth Inaugural Conference.

"It's going to be a colossal event. It's like the equivalent of Neil Armstrong landing on the moon. I mean, this has never been done before," Goss told Eyewitness News.

Goss plans to dress warm and he isn't just getting to go to the inauguration. The conference he's attending while he's in Washington will include presentations by some notable names, including General Colin Powell and Al Gore.

"I think it's absolutely stellar. I never thought that I'd be able to do this - ever," he said.

Afterwards, Goss will even get to attend an inaugural ball.

He plans to take his parents along - but only for the ride - they won't get to accompany him to all the events. He said he expects lots of questions from his friends when he gets back.

"Like everybody will say, 'What was it like? How was this? How was that?' It'll just be an amazing experience," he said.

Goss figures one day he'll be telling his grandkids about the historic inauguration back in 2009.

"I'll remember it forever," he said.

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