St. John students to attend Inauguration

Three students from the Gifft Hill School will be on hand when Barack Obama takes the oath of President next Tuesday.  One of them is Evanna Chinnery, a 17-year-old senior at the school, who previously has attended the Presidential Classroom, a 40-year-old program that sponsors civic education programs for
outstanding high school students, using Washington, DC as a classroom. 

Chinnery was invited to attend the Inauguration as part of the Classroom's activities and was encouraged to bring two friends.  She chose fellow seniors Malik Stevens and Jessica Samuel.  All three have to pay their own way, about $2,300 each.

Chinnery is hoping to attend the Berklee College of Music in Boston after graduation from Gifft Hill.  She's already spent a summer studying at the school.

The trio from St. John  will witness the swearing in ceremony, participate in seminars and debates, and also attend an Inaugural Ball.

Meanwhile, it’s a good bet that others on St. John would like to attend the Inauguration, even though the weather forecast is for clouds and 38 degrees. 

One of them would be Luigi Costello, owner of Verace, the jewelry store at Wharfside.  The longtime St. John resident and retailer is a huge Obama fan, so much so that he’s launched his business's first-ever store-wide sale: 50% off everything in stock and a 20% off on any special order.  Three days only, January 19-21.  Not on island? That’s OK, they ship!

Do you know of other Obama-related  events/sales/activities on St. John?

The Gifft Hill School Web site is http://www.giffthillschool.org/

6 thoughts on “St. John students to attend Inauguration”

  1. I donated a container of school supplies and equipment to the St. John School and was wondering if they still exist. I saw a link to the school but no luck in reaching them. I’m going to be in St. John in March and wanted to see what they have done with all the equipment and supplies. A young lady, who’s name escapes me, came to Antwerp Ohio and purchased some of the supplies that I had and then I donated the rest. I was just wanting to see what they did with all the materials.

  2. I was happy to help the 3 Gifft hill school students with a donation of $100 each to help them with their trip to see Barack and his entourage. Even when Money is tight we must help our youth. I will never forget that photo of a high school age Bill Clinton shaking hands with JFK, nuff said. Be Well Luigi Costello

  3. Thomas,
    I have no idea whether you will ever check this site again, but I thought you should know that your donated supplies helped open the new building of the Gifft Hill School, providing some much needed items and really making a difference. I was the one who came up to see you in Ohio, and though I am no longer with the school, I feel you should know that your items are still being used and enjoyed by the students. You have all our sincere thanks.

  4. Well done to all the leaders of the school, the school sounds like a very high quality, caring and progressive.
    And also all due respect to Mr. Costello for the promotions and the donations.

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