Feb. 14, 2013
-- Westlake Village, California
—Recognized among outstanding high school students in the United States, OCS sophomore Veronica Sams was chosen to be a delegate to the five-day High School Presidential Inaugural Conference, which provides student scholars with a deeper understanding of the history behind the electoral process and the rich traditions surrounding the Presidential Inauguration. As a delegate, Veronica attended several historical inaugural events that coincided with the January 2013 Presidential Inauguration. Congressman Henry Waxman also invited Veronica and her mother, Renee Sams, to attend the January 21 Swearing-In Ceremony for President Barack Obama.
“The High School Presidential Inaugural Conference provided students with an opportunity to take part in historic events that coincided with the Inauguration of the President of the United States,” said Marguerite Regan, Dean of the Academic Affairs for the Presidential Inaugural Conference. “We certainly hope this will inspire the next generation of leaders.” During the five-day conference, Veronica and her fellow delegates attended a special viewing party and luncheon where they watched the grandeur of the inaugural parade and later attended an exclusive Gala Inaugural Celebration just for these young delegates.
Veronica said it was a distinct honor to attend this conference and also a special privilege to attend the Swearing-In Ceremony with her mother. The invitation to the Swearing-In Ceremony was all due to Veronica’s young sister, Elizabeth Sams, and mother, Renee. Congressman Waxman had heard OCS eighth-grader Elizabeth Sams sing her “Dear Veteran” song (written by her mother, Renee Sams) on the radio when it went coast to coast on several Clear Channel and Keep the Faith radio stations. Congressman Waxman reached out to the Sams family, and conveniently, Veronica was already in the D.C. area and was able to accept his invitation to attend along with her mother. Elizabeth had school commitments that kept her at home, but she was gratified that her music reached the ears of Congress and afforded her sister and her mother a historic opportunity.