Being Part of History


Gabi Curry writes, Since November I have been preparing to attend the Democratic National Convention as a youth reporter for YourHub.

Since November I have been preparing to attend the Democratic National Convention as a youth reporter for I have had to write many articles, learn to interview, learn to be interviewed, and learn about the political process in the United States. In the spring, I attended the Colorado caucus to see how Coloradoans would let their delegates know whom to nominate. Two media walk-throughs took place at the Pepsi Center for the media; I was lucky to attend both of these. As the convention got closer, plans were changed all the time. Including the fact that there were only four credentials awarded to youth reporters. This meant that I would only get to attend the actual convention for one night. At first I was disappointed, but in the end it all worked out.I was able to go to everything from the Green Frontier Fest, the Faith in Action worship service, the Women’s Caucus, press conferences, the delegate service day, the UnityBreakfast celebrating Martin Luther King Jr’s, “I Have a Dream” speech with his son, Martin Luther King III, and had a private tour of Ronald Reagan’s Air Force One. Even though I am only eleven I could get in anywhere with my press pass. Often I had to get up at 5:30 am to make it downtown in time for the events of the day. Once downtown my Denver News Agency mentor and I walked everywhere. It was too hard to drive around the closed off streets, the police, and the protestors.When you see all the police around there was a different feeling, at one moment you felt really safe, but then again extremely scared. When you watched them drive by, you felt intimidated by their huge guns and bulletproof outfits- helmets, vests, pants, etc. At times they were relaxed and then the next minute you didn’t want to go near them because they were on alert.Finally, Wednesday night at the convention was my night. There was vibration at the Pepsi Center from all the excitement. When Senator Hillary Clinton confirmed Barack Obama as the Democratic Presidential Nominee the crowd was ecstatic. I have never been anywhere that loud. While standing it felt like an earthquake because the floor was shaking from everyone jumping up and down. Joe Biden accepted the nomination for Vice President and spoke about the goals of the Democratic party and delicately criticized John McCain and his party. The night ended with an unexpected visitor by the name of Barack Obama. History had been made.For me, the week included learning about the democratic process, writing articles on a deadline, being interviewed by 9 News and a San Diego Fox Radio station, meeting Mayor John Hickenlooper and Jesse Jackson, and having an experience I will never forget. I got to watch history in action.


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