PORTLAND -- A Parkrose High School senior received the trip of a lifetime in a surprise announcement in front of her whole school.
Tria McFerson will be the guest of Congressman Earl Blumenauer at the Jan. 21 inauguration of President Barack Obama.
McFerson was a hard working intern for Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith this past summer.
“She had never worked in an office before and she did everything she was asked with a smile,” remembered Commissioner Smith.
Tria also had the extra burden of using some of her salary to help pay the family’s bills.
“It worked. We’re still indoors,” she said.
Her Mom says she helped the family buy food and pay the power bill.
“I’m very proud of her,” remarked Leslie Hubbard.
At a Friday morning school assembly Congressman Blumenauer appeared on video issuing the invitation as Tria listened from the bleachers.
“I was shocked and trying not to cry when I heard him say my name,” she said.
Commissioner Smith then described the trip to the crowd telling Tria she would be in one of 1600 seats right behind where the President will be taking the oath.
The inaugural invitation also includes airfare, hotel accommodations, spending money and a trip to an Inaugural Ball.
“I’ll need to learn to waltz,” commented the teen.
She’ll also take part in a community service project lead by the President and First Lady.
“She’s going to meet Michelle. I’m so jealous,” joked her Mom.