WASHINGTON -- A Parkrose High School senior is talking about the trip of her young lifetime: An invitation to the second inauguration of President Barack Obama, by U.S. Congressman Earl Blumenauer.

It was a surprise reward for Tria McFerson s hard work as an intern at the Multnomah County Commissioner's Office.

McFerson told KGW she had never been to Washington, D.C. before and she called the surprise one of the nicest things anyone had ever done for her.

She said her favorite part of the trip was hearing Obama's speech, and she'll always be grateful that she was hand-picked to go.

I ve never noticed anybody noticing me so it feels great to have someone acknowledge the things that I do, instead of those who are always in the spotlight or 4.0 students or something, she said.

She was headed back to Portland Tuesday. She picked up an Obama key chain and hoodie, but says maybe the coolest souvenir was her ticket stub from the Metro, which had Obama's picture on it.

McFerson said the trip ignited in her a new passion for politics and history.

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