Bill's inauguration essay secret revealed
So, dear readers, I admit. I withheld information from you. Yes, it's true that city schools intern and InsideEd commenter Bill Ferguson does not have a copy of the winning essay he wrote for the Ticket to History contest that scored him two V.I.P. tickets to today's inauguration. (He filled it out as part of an online form.) But we knew what it was about his essay that made it stand out among 250,000 applicants:
He wrote that he planned to propose to his girlfriend at the inauguration.
Laura Vozzella just spoke with Bill, who confirms the proposal to Lea Smith went off as planned, even if he was nervous about getting the ring through the metal detectors without her noticing. After President Obama finished his inaugural address, Bill -- who estimates they were about 200 feet from the podium -- got down on one knee and told Lea he wanted to remember this moment forever. Out came the ring and down came the tears.
Bill and Lea, both 25, met when they were in Teach for America and had classrooms next door to each other at Vivien T. Thomas Medical Arts Academy. In addition to interning in Dr. Alonso's office, he's now a law student at University of Maryland. She works for the Open Society Institute-Baltimore.
All our best wishes to the happy couple!