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Sierra High junior attending Obamas inauguration
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Sierra High junior Lorie Hoffman will have a chance to witness history Tuesday as part of a school group attending the 56th U.S. Presidential Inauguration. - photo by VINCE REMBULAT
Lorie Hoffman will miss a few days of schools.

But the Sierra High junior has a good reason — she’ll be among the expected record millions attending Tuesday’s 56th US Presidential Inauguration.

“I’m so excited because I’ll have a chance to witness history,” Hoffman said on Thursday. “I’ll come away with life-long memories.”

The 17-year-old daughter of Carla and Buzz Hoffman, she thanked her mother for this once in a lifetime opportunity of seeing Barack H. Obama become the 44th President.

He’ll be administered the Oath of Office on the steps of the Capitol in Washington, D.C.

“I wished my mom could’ve made the trip,” the younger Hoffman said.

Carla Hoffman is employed at the San Joaquin County Office of Education, where she’s involved in teacher development responsible for the intern instructors.

About a year ago, Michael Bunch, an intern with SJCOE’s Project Impact at Wicklund School in Mountain House, invited Carla Hoffman to join his class at the inauguration event as a chaperon.

This opportunity also provided her daughter to come along as one of five high schoolers on the Smithsonian Student Travel tour group consisting of 68 eighth-graders.

While Carla Hoffman couldn’t make the trip, Lorie was still a go.

Lorie Hoffman, who was scheduled to catch a red-eyed flight out of San Francisco late Thursday, is no stranger to the East Coast. A year ago, she visited New York City as a member of the Sierra High choir.

“But I’ve never been to Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.,” Hoffman said.

She made sure to pack warm clothing in preparation of the near-freezing conditions.

Lorie Hoffman was also braced for a five-day busy itinerary consisting of historical sites such as Liberty Bell, National Constitution Center, The White House, U.S. Capitol, Library of Congress, Arlington National Cemetery, and the Smithsonian Institute, to name a few.

But Tuesday will be the big day.

“We’re told that security (at the inauguration) will be tight,” Hoffman said. “No cell phones and no umbrellas. You can bring a camera but not a camera case.”

Hoffman’s teachers, meanwhile, are well aware of her absence but also shared in the excitement.

“My leadership teacher told me, ‘You’re going to see history,’” she recalled.