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      Hickman students watch Obama take office

      The history lesson Tuesday at Hickman High School in Columbia was not in a text book, but rather on the TV screen as Barack Obama took office as the United States' first black president.

      "I'll always remember it and its very exciting," said Hickman student Ally Durrant. "I'm very excited about it. I'm excited to have him as my president."

      "It's a big day," I told Hickman student Robert Lewis.

      "Yeah, it really is," said Lewis. "We're watching history right now."

      Dozens of students gathered Tuesday morning in the common area at Hickman to watch Obama and Joe Biden take office. And that was important to faculty and staff at Hickman.

      "A lot of times kids only hear about history," said Hickman staff member Richard Henderson. "They only hear about national events and change. But today they got to be a part of history."

      Not only did the students watch this monumental national event and have the opportunity to purchase inauguration memorabilia, but they also witnessed the dream come true for a man many say is the youth's new role model.

      "He kind of proves to everyone that you can do whatever you want to do, you just have to try," said Durrant.

      "There is an underlying faith and truth that we are equal. And I think that our youth realizes that more than anyone right now," said Henderson.

      But Robert Lewis is quick to remind others that Obama's promise of change will not come without a joint effort.

      "I think as a community we need to get together," said Lewis. "Let's don't think that since he's elected stuff is just going to change. We also need to change."