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Gary students to attend presidential inauguration

Updated: February 17, 2013 6:30AM



GARY — Several of the city’s brightest students, heading to Washington for the presidential inauguration next week, brought their ideas for changing the city to the Common Council at its Tuesday night meeting.

Seven of the 17 students are Barden Foundation Ambassadors and were tasked with writing a theme of the “impossible as possible,” said Foundation President Chareice White. Among their solutions were teaching karate as a means of building confidence and using the city’s vacant lots as “beautiful spaces.”

Those students who bring their ideas to fruition, such as Lew Wallace student Denisha Golston’s karate class, will see the city represented there, said city spokeswoman Chelsea Whittington.

“We will have a city representative there and participating,” Whittington said.

The students attending the inauguration include Golston, Tacarra Holden of Lew Wallace; Laurielle McFerson of West Side; Teneia Martin and Marcus Lloyd of Thea Bowman Leadership Academy; Jarrell Springfield of Calumet High School; Bradley Cochran of Roosevelt; and Brytnie Jones, Danielle Nichols, Kim Niksich, Maggie Mooers, Jaelan Collins, Tamara Lofton, Janel Scissom, Alec Lee, Brianna Nichols and Andrea Mathews of Wirt-Emerson Academy for the Performing Arts.

Brytnie Jones is also a Barden Ambassador.

In other business, the council voted 6-3 to elect At-Large Councilman Ron Brewer as council vice president, replacing Kim Robinson, D-5th. Robinson removed her name from consideration.

Robinson, Councilman Michael Protho, D-2nd, and Councilwoman Carolyn Rogers, D-4th, cast the dissenting votes against Brewer.

The council also voted 7-2, with two abstaining, to appoint Rinzer Williams III and Mildred Shannon to the Genesis Center board.



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