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Morgan says White House visit 'was a really interesting spectacle'

May 19, 2010|By JULIE E. GREENE

She didn't get close to President Obama or Mexican President Felipe Calderon, but Washington County Public Schools Superintendent Elizabeth M. Morgan said participating in the welcoming ceremonies Wednesday for Calderon at the White House was a fantastic experience.

Morgan was invited to participate in the ceremonies by Carlos Garcia, president of the Arlington, Texas-based Association of Latino Administrators & Superintendents (ALAS). Morgan recently was appointed to the ALAS board of directors and is the 2010 National Superintendent of the Year, as named by the American Association of School Administrators.

"It was a really interesting spectacle," Morgan said. The ceremonies included the Army Band, representatives from the Armed Forces parading around and a 21-gun salute, she said.

Morgan said she also saw Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The experience stood in stark contrast from the last time Morgan was at the White House, in the pre-9/11 era. That was in 1995, when a school she represented, Lake Seneca Elementary in Germantown, Md., received a blue ribbon award.

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"That was really unique because I actually got to meet the president, shake his hand, and be face to face with him," Morgan said of former President Bill Clinton.

At that point in her life, she thought that was the highlight of her career, Morgan said.

"I thought it couldn't get any better. Little did I know," she said. "I'm very blessed that wonderful things are coming my way."

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