Affton High School students enrolled in last year's Honors History class had the chance to sign up to travel to the 2013 Inauguration. While students were dismissed from classes for the day, the high school's Social Studies department hosted a watch party Tuesday night to help raise funds for the trip.
Junior David Jung said he was most interested in the presidential race because he feels it affects the most citizens as a whole.
The majority of students at the watch party predicted President Barack Obama's re-election at 9 p.m. (The race was called in favor of Obama around 10:30 p.m.)
One of the students heading to Washington, D.C., this winter had the chance to vote for the first time on Tuesday. Senior Abbey Ostur "watched all of the debates, and then did a lot of research online" to prepare herself for what would be on the ballot.
Like several Patch readers, Ostur won't exactly miss the abundance of campaign ads on TV.
"They're pretty irritating, and it doesn't change the way I want to vote," she explained.