Twins heading to D.C.

Published: Tuesday, January 11, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 10, 2005 at 10:08 p.m.
Attending the presidential inaugural festivities is one thing, but being in town for a whole week of activities before the actual event is something totally different.
But for Marco and Mario Lemmon, juniors at Buchholz High School, it will be an experience of a life time to visit the nation's capital for a week to interact with journalists, business leaders and members of Congress, and hang out with their peers.
And their teachers and the school's principal were extremely cooperative in approving time away from school.
The twin brothers leave Gainesville Saturday for a weeklong program as part of the Presidential Classroom's Presidential Inaugural Program.
Presidential Classroom is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, civic education organization that provides junior and senior high school students the chance to explore the political process firsthand.
Participants, who will be broken down into caucus groups, will write letters to President George Bush about issues he should address and tasks he should accomplish.
Then there's the inaugural parade, a student inaugural ball and attendance at the inauguration itself, which takes place on Friday.
Marco and Mario, sons of Amanda and Keith Lemmon of Gainesville, are members of the Buchholz Golden Regiment Marching Band and the symphonic and jazz bands.
Mario plays the baritone and alto sax and the contra bass and Marco plays the trumpet. They're also certified scuba divers and play golf occasionally, just for fun.
Although the two are participants in Presidential Classroom, they have no plans to enter politics.
"I'm interested in how politics affects me and the people around me,' said Marco, who wants to attend the University of Southern California and major in architecture design.
Mario, who wants to design cars, hopes to attend the University of Miami.

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