We gathered in the lobby to get acquainted. The four, fresh-faced young ladies and I joined the mentors for a quick round of introductions. Afterwards, we met with additional sponsors and the coordinators. The enthusiasm filled the room as we took turns introducing ourselves. It was a great way to get to meet the amazing people who made this happen and brought us together in D.C. Alan Beerman, Tonda Rush, Liz Parker, Doug Anstaett, Mark Magyar, Stan Schwartz and Liz Parker were on hand to urge us forward. (My apologies if I didn’t mention someone.)
After the meet and greet, the students: Asha Anchan from Nebraska, Kelsey Kent from Georgia, Rachel Rodgers from Illinois, Emily Roland from Mississippi and I joined our mentors for dinner at Fogo de Chao – a Brazilian steakhouse. Liz, Stan, Mark and Doug entertained the students at dinner with tales of writing, editing and publishing.
We discussed the coming days’ events, meetings and possibilities. Midway through dinner, Vice President Biden’s office asked for our social security numbers. We will be meeting with a member of his staff to discuss gun control tomorrow. I don’t know about the rest of the crew, but I am looking forward to this!
I won’t give away any of the other exciting things in store for tomorrow. Suffice it to say that we are all looking forward to an adventure as tomorrow unfolds.
I just have to remember: bring a heavier coat next time!