Tyler Inabinett will get a great view of President- elect Barack Obama's inauguration next Tuesday. He'll watch the inaugural parade over lunch from the historical Marriot Wardman Park hotel and attend a gala ball that night. Earlier that day, Tyler will hear from two speakers - Gen. Colin Powell and former Vice President Al Gore. That's pretty impressive stuff for Tyler, who is 11 and a fifth-grader at Chukker Creek Elementary School. The son of Anthony and Melanie Inabinett, Tyler is participating in the Junior Presidential Youth Inaugural Conference, which is bringing thousands of young people to Washington, D.C. "We're going to do all kinds of things, like going to the Smithsonian," Tyler said. "I'm really excited." The opportunity to attend the inauguration stemmed from his nomination by his former third-grade teacher, Pamela Rogers, to attend the National Young Scholars Program at Wake Forest University. Tyler participated in the program in the summers of 2007 and 2008 and will do so again this summer. He stayed in a dorm during both sessions, just like a college student. In 2007, Tyler's session revolved around a CSI-style activity. He learned about hurricanes and other weather-related phenomena last summer. Through the young scholars program, he was invited to participate in the youth inaugural conference. "We've been talking about how historical the inauguration is this year," said Melanie Inabinett. "We just want him to gain the experience of knowing he's a part of history, that he will be able to talk about this to his own children someday." Tyler is an "A" student and is in the gifted and talented program at Chukker Creek. He tends to lead by example, his mother said. "Tyler is an avid reader," said Inabinett. "The children recognize that and look up to him. He helps other kids and takes to that role." During the conference, Tyler will also participate in discussions about the Electoral College and the many roles of the president. He and other students will explore the National Mall's monuments and museums. The conference is sponsored by the Congressional Youth Leadership Council (CYLC). Marguerite Regan is the organization's dean of academic affairs. "Something that is really wonderful about so many young people gathering in Washington for this event," she said in a press release, "is that it will provide them a chance to become more familiar with and attuned to the president who will govern our country for the next four years. We certainly hope this will inspire the next generation of U.S. leaders." Contact Rob Novit at rnovit@aikenstandard.com.