Kuranda's Sarah Douglass set for Barack Obama big day
SCORING a ticket to US President Barack Obama's inauguration ceremony was like winning the lottery for a Cairns student with a passion for politics.Sarah Douglass, 22, has been invited to attend the historic occasion in Washington, DC on January 21 by the Golden Key International Honour Society, an exclusive club for the world's brightest university students.
"I squealed like a schoolgirl," the James Cook University Smithfield student said.
"It's like attending a rock concert for your favourite rock star."
Ms Douglass, from Kuranda, is studying a masters of development practice after completing a double arts-science degree majoring in environmental earth science and international relations.
She has also been invited to attend a post-inauguration ball and a series of political workshops hosted by former US Government advisers and speech writers.
When she returns from the two-week trip, she is set to begin a graduate policy development job at the federal environment department in Canberra.
The former Cairns State High School student was also one of five young Australians to represent the country at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro in June.
NEW CAIRNS.COM.AU COMMENT POLICY
We welcome your comments on this story. Comments are submitted for possible publication on the condition that they may be edited. Comments submitted without a full name and suburb/location will not be considered for publication. Please read our full comment policy and publication guidelines.
Share this article
My rock star: Kuranda's Sarah Douglass is one of the world's best students. Picture: STEWART McLEAN