Things may be back to normal for Kickapoo High’s Chase Snider, but he will never be the same.
That’s to be expected when you’re the only high school kid in America with a press pass to the inauguration of our first black president.
So how did a Springfield student score the credentials?
I’ll let him tell you:
“I applied for credentials to the inauguration shortly after covering both Democratic and Republican election rallies in the region. I mainly applied as a way to stay in the know with the inauguration process. The week prior to the inauguration, I received an e-mail from the Presidential Inaugural Committee stating that I had been selected to receive credentials to the inauguration. It was a shock to me to learn that not only had I been approved, but I was the only high school students to get the honor.”
Keep in mind, Snider’s only a sophomore. He returned to Springfield with pictures from the National Mall and an opinion column about his experiences for Springfield Business Journal (Jan. 26 issue).
The budding journalist has worked on the school newspaper, but he’s also done some stringer reporting for ESPN and has aspirations in business and/or politics. So, the future is wide open for Snider, who told me he’s looking at University of Missouri’s School of Journalism.
You can send a word of encouragement to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You also might ask him how he snapped a picture of Barbara Bush in a Secret Service car headed toward the rear of the White House.
Let’s just say, if word got out, he might be getting a call from Kickapoo’s track coach.