KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Students across the United States watched as a new presidential administration was sworn into office in Washington, D.C.
A debate class at Sumner Academy of Arts and Science in Kansas City, Kansas, spent Wednesday talking about the historic moment.
The big topic of discussion was the new vice president.
"To be able to see myself in [Vice President Kamala Harris] a little bit and say it's more possible than what we would have thought in the past, because it's happening now in front of me," Neymara Freeman, a senior at Sumner Academy, said.
"We have the first Black female vice president. We have a new administration who is wanting to take steps to have better responses to all of the things that are happening in the country," Jaleon Brown, another senior, said.
"With Vice President Kamala Harris being in there, feels like there is a little bit of me in government because I think she really listens to the people and I feel like that's important," said Alex Radford, a freshman.
The girls in the class said they felt this day was monumental for them.
"She is about to move us forward, help undo what has happened in the past and kind of make things optimistic for us for the future," Freeman said.
After riots at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, the students said they didn't know what to expect for the inauguration.
"It's really nice to see that the two political parties were agreeing with each other, especially after what happened," sophomore Antonio Land said.
The students said this day gives them hope for the future.
"At first, I used to think that I couldn't do that much because of who I am, but seeing these people flourish and seeing people like me in a similar background, it makes me believe anything is possible," Radford said.