Henninger High School seniors first in line to see the President
Thu, 22 Aug 2013 16:42:55 GMT — Even though the White House handed out tickets for the President's appearance earlier this week, people showed up early in hopes of being first in line. About 20 people had gathered at Henninger High School by 10:30 a.m., four and a half hours before the doors are set to open. Some people brought chairs with them to wait it out. Obama is scheduled to speak at Henninger High School in Syracuse at 6 p.m.Fernando Ortiz and Courtney Mangan arrived before sunrise. They are seniors at Henninger High School."We've been here since 4:30 a.m. this morning," said Ortiz. "We didn't actually know we were going to be first. We thought people were going to be camping out."Ortiz says this is an important event for him. "It's not everyday we get to meet a president," he says.Mangan says she excited "to see the President, the one who runs the country and be so close to him."Ortiz and Mangan, who will be graduating next June, are both very interested in what President Obama has to say about making college more affordable.The Obama administration says about 1.4 million undergraduate students are enrolled in colleges across New York and those who borrowed money for tuition will graduate with more than $26,000 in debt.The President is expected to highlight the Say Yes to Education Program during his speech in Syracuse, touting the city's program as a national model.CNY Central will have extensive coverage of the Presidentâ??s visit to Syracuse, including a live stream of the Presidentâ??s remarks. Follow #ObamaInCNY on Twitter for updates throughout the day.