student headed for 44th Presidential Inauguration
Wanda English Burnett, Editor
South Ripley junior, Kelly Borter, will be among those at the
prestigious Presidential Inauguration on January 20, when President
Elect Barack Obama, will take the oath of the highest office in
the country and become the 44th President of the United States.
This is a once in a lifetime experience for me, and I am
so grateful that I am able to be present amongst millions of individuals
to watch history take its course, Borter noted.
Since her freshmen year, Borter has been attending leadership
conferences with the Congressional Youth Leadership Council (CYLC).
She noted this was to further her knowledge about political
and democratic systems in todays government. By experiencing
the power of opinion, the influence of historical figures, and
the inspiration of other individuals like myself, I feel that
my overall outlook on life has changed for the better, she
She told The Versailles Republican that former Principal Bill
Snyder was the person who helped get her in with the CYLC, and
shes thankful. I have had wonderful experiences,
she shared. Shes already attended two conferences, one on
a local level in Indianapolis, the other one in Washington, DC,
where she was elected President.
The 17-year-old said she absolutely loves President Elect Barack
Obama, saying, that her greatest hope is to actually get to meet
him face to face, maybe even shake his hand. She noted that the
President Elect wanted to be an architect, but then went into
law. That is exactly where her passions lie, noting she wants
to pursue a career in one or the other vocations. She said she
is also truly interested in saving the earth, going green
and feels Obama is the person to lead the country in that direction.
Borter was invited to the inauguration event by the Presidential
Youth Inaugural Conference. This organization provides scholars
with a deeper understanding of the history behind the electoral
process. The five-day program will give Borter the opportunity
to explore historic sites and monuments in the nations capital,
participate in roundtable discussions, debates and other activities
to expand their knowledge of the democratic process, principles
and the presidential election process. She will attend a Black
Tie Gala Inaugural Ball.
The honor student will fit the experience into an already hectic
schedule, but its something shes happy to do. She
currently serves as the 2010 class president, is a student council
historian, French Club president, maintains a 4.1 GPA, runs track
and cross-country for the varsity teams, helps with the Girls
On The Run program and has organized a teddy bear drive for children
who stay at the Ronald McDonald House. Oh, and besides that, she
volunteers at the YMCA as a lifeguard and works at the Batesville
While all of these activities might make some people dizzy at
the thought, this young lady is on the move. She enjoys all of
the activities shes involved with and says, I like
it this way.
Borter didnt get to take the exciting trip by waiting on
others to foot the bill. She was active in raising the money needed
for the journey. She placed donation jars in several neighboring
towns and worked hard at getting the money. I have found
that those pennies make all the difference when counting donations
from change jars. She said she is truly thankful for everyone
who dropped some change in her jars. She thanks her school for
their support, businesses and everyone.
She is the daughter of Barry and Linda Borter of New Marion.
Editors note: Borter has agreed to keep a journal of her
experience and we will be sharing portions of it with our readers
when she returns from Washington, DC.
Kelly Borter is excited
about trip to DC