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Excited Pomona students to meet with Obama

March 19, 2009 | 11:07 am

A White House pool report says that more than an hour before President Obama was scheduled to arrive for his tour at Southern California Edison’s electrical vehicle technical center in Pomona, about 30 students from the local Village Academy High School gathered outside to snap pictures as they waited for their surprise meeting with the president.

The students produced a nine-minute video titled “Is Anybody Listening,” about the effects of the spiraling economy and the impacts of foreclosures across the Southland. Obama mentioned the video in a speech earlier this month in which he spoke directly to the students.

School officials said the White House called them Wednesday and invited the entire Advanced Placement literature and composition class to meet privately with the president this morning, the pool report says.

Their teacher, Michael Steinman, said the student's reaction was “disbelief.”

Yvonne Bojorquez, a junior who was mentioned by name in Obama’s speech, said at first “everybody was shocked.”

“To be honest, I almost cried,” said Bojorquez, 16. “It was pretty crazy. It’s very exciting. Even right now I just want to scream at the top of my lungs.”

Sonya Steward, a 16-year-old junior who said she would be attending Obama’s town hall meeting in Los Angeles later today, said she was hoping to personally thank the president for “seeing the video and delivering it in the speech.”

“Most of us have lost hope in America and in the economy and what’s going on and you’ve given us that  hope back just by letting us know you’ve actually seen and heard what we had to say,” Steward said.

-- White House pool report