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Presidential Visit to Washington-Lee

President Barack Obama addresses the student body, faculty and staff of Washington-Lee and invited guests.

President Barack Obama addresses the student body, faculty and staff of Washington-Lee and invited guests. Photo by Louise Krafft.

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President Obama walks and greets students and their parents at the conclusion of his remarks on Friday afternoon at Washington-Lee High School.

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Washington-Lee senior Amira Delwin introduces President Barack Obama.

President Barack Obama made his first visit to Washington-Lee High School on Friday, May 4. The President and U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan met with three students and a parent of each for a roundtable discussion on the Stafford loan program and the students’ dreams of their futures. The participants included: Amirah Delwin and her stepmom Kezia Truesdale, Brendan Craig and his father Tim Craig and Rina Castaneda and her mom Elma Molina.

After the discussion, the President was ushered into the gymnasium to address the junior and senior class students. Each student was allowed to bring one parent to see and hear the President’s address. Approximately 1,175 people attended. The underclassmen watched the President’s address on the TV screens in their classrooms.