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Students at Booker T. Washington moved by inauguration

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - As millions crowded Washington, D.C. for Barack Obama's inauguration Tuesday, thousands of students in Memphis also crowded around television to watch.

By taking just one look at the halls of Booker T. Washington High School, it was clear Tuesday was no ordinary school day.

The only sound at all was of President Barack Obama, speaking for the first time as Commander in Chief.

The audience of 650 students at BTW was captive.
"It makes you realize everyone has the potential to be great," senior student Octavious Singleton said.

After the new president took the oath of office, the students erupted into cheers.
"This is my first inauguration - watching it," senior student Armais Cox said. "It was my first time even hearing the word."

Some students became emotional as they realized what was happening.
"It's nothing that you would ever think would happen, to see an African American elected as President, man, it gives everyone hope," junior student Tia Shack said.

Armais Cox said he held some of his emotions in.

"When he was getting ready to walk out and they said our President-elect Obama, I wanted to jump up and be like, 'Yes! Yes!' But you know, I didn't want to cause a big scene," he said.

In President Obama's first ten minutes of being Commander in Chief, he made what would have been one of his biggest achievements - giving millions of people, like these students, hope.
"To see that we actually have an African American president that believes that we can do all things, it makes be believe that I can do anything I can put my mind too," junior student April Holman said.

Holman said it was an experience should would not soon forget.

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