Students react to President Obama's speech in Syracuse
Posted at: 08/22/2013 11:30 PM
| Updated at: 08/22/2013 11:46 PM
By: Joangel Concepcion | WHEC.com
Out of the hundreds of people in attendance for the president's big speech in Syracuse, many were young teens who are looking forward to their first year of college.
The crowds poured out of Henninger High School, in Syracuse where President Obama spent an hour or so inside, continuing his push for affordable education, especially for middle class families.
People who couldn't get in, lined the streets in hopes of getting a glimpse of the president himself. Inside, the president spoke for about 45 minutes. His main focus was the importance of making sure that every American has the chance to receive an education. His plan involves reducing costs and further promoting higher education for middle class students and their families.
News10NBC caught up with a few students, some of which were from Hillside, a family of agencies that serve at risk teens. They say they really connected with the president's message.
“I thought it was very motivating and right on about how I feel about every thing. It made me feel very motivated to go to college,” said Kiara Martinez, a Hillside student.
Wali Walker, from Henninger Hgh School said, “My family is a middle class family and it feels good to know that there's programs out there to help us to make sure that we're able to go to college. I feel like it's going to be a lot easier.
Kalani Bell said, “Honestly the other day I was feeling stressed about going to college because I want to get my PHD in psychology which is expensive. But now I feel like more motivated, like, I can do it.”
President Obama is spending the night in Auburn, New York. In the morning he will head to The State University of New York at Binghamton, and will continue on to Scranton Pennsylvania, where he will conclude his bus tour.