Iowa City youth group plans to attend inauguration

Published On: Dec 26 2012 06:15:22 AM CST   Updated On: Dec 26 2012 06:15:00 AM CST
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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -

About 20 members of an Iowa City youth program plan to be in Washington, D.C., next month for the second inauguration of President Barack Obama.

The Gazette in Cedar Rapids reports the group FasTrac will make the trip. FasTrac emphasizes school work, community involvement and college preparation and is primarily made up of African-American junior high and high school students.

FasTrac member Kamil Hodges, a senior at West High School, said attending the second inauguration of the nation's first black president underscores the group's belief that it is possible to achieve anything a person sets his or her mind to in life.

Obama's term will start Jan. 20, but because that is a Sunday, his public swearing-in will be the following day, which is Martin Luther King Jr. Day.