Blake Hicks, South Fork High School student, heading to inauguration
Heads to DC Saturday for four days
6:22 PM, Jan 14, 2013
6:29 PM, Jan 19, 2013
HOBE SOUND, Fla. - In his video production class, Blake Hicks puts the finishing touches on another "Bulldog Brief" at South Fork High School.
Next week, he'll be in attendance at another newsworthy event. Through the National Society of High School Scholars, the 16-year-old junior was chosen to attend President Barack Obama's inauguration.
"I really didn't think it was real," said Hicks.
At first, Blake's mom thought his acceptance letter was a piece of junk mail.
"Pretty shocking, didn't really seem it was real," said Dawn Hicks.
Blake, currently the Vice President of the Future Farmers of America chapter at school, heads to Washington Saturday to soak up a four day educational experience.
"Different leadership skills, different styles and learn a little about our government and its history," said Hicks.
Blake was nominated by his veterinary tech teacher.
"It wouldn't surprise me someday to see Blake in the state house running agriculture opportunities for the state of Florida," said teacher Stacy Hickman.
This trip for Blake certainly isn't a cheap one. His family has to go out and buy an entirely new winter wardrobe for him. On top of that, Blake has some pretty important events to attend to in Washington so he needs a brand new tuxedo.
"It wasn't my favorite part, but it'll be fun when I have to wear it at the Gala," said Hicks.
If you'd like to help, a fund has been set up through Wells Fargo Bank for the "Blake Hicks Inauguration". Blake says he's been overwhelmed by the generosity of friends and family, as well as complete strangers.
"Shows that they really think what I'm going to do and what I'm doing is a good thing and apparently speaks a lot about my character."