CHICAGO (CBS) — 14 local high school students are heading to Washington this morning to watch President Obama’s swearing in ceremony.

They come from a dozen or so high schools in Chicago and the suburbs and are participating in the Mikva Challenge, a nonpartisan nonprofit that encourages students to start careers in public service.

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Hannah Schlacter, a senior at Stevenson, says she’s looking forward to the historic experience.

“We will be among the thousands of people at the inauguration, which will be very exciting,” said Schlacter.

While she wasn’t old enough to vote in this election, Schlacter says she did campaign for both President Obama and Democrat Congressman from the 10th district Brad Schneider.

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“We knocked on doors, we went canvassing,” said Schlacter.

Schlacter says she’s looking forward to not only seeing the inauguration, but meeting some politicians and seeing the monuments on her first trip to DC.

It’s a place she could see herself returning to, as she hopes to get involved in crafting environmental and foreign policy.

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The students are from Northside College Prep, Chicago Military Academy, Gage Park, Thomas Kelly, John Hancock, Westinghouse College Prep, North Lawndale College Prep, Urban Prep Academy, World Language H.S., Social Justice H.S., Maine West High School, Stevenson and West Chicago.