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Covering Presidential visit through high schooler's eyes

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President Obama at Desert Vista High School. (Source: CBS 5 News) President Obama at Desert Vista High School. (Source: CBS 5 News)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

Not only did the students at Desert Vista High School get a thrill in seeing the president, but many of them got a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to cover the event for their school newspaper. 

As most journalists know, large events, like presidential visits, are compromised of an early start, late finish, little to no food and plenty of adrenaline. These students got a taste of that at the age of 17. 

Desert Vista senior Jasmine Coro has a portfolio full of pep rallies, football games and now a presidential visit. 

"My mom called me and I started crying, I couldn't even contain myself, this is on my bucket list," Coro said. 

She and the rest of her media class at Desert Vista High School bid adieu to summer vacation, and hit the ground running. 

"I had to get all my equipment ready, had to get people ready in the crowd to take shots," Coro said. 

"On top of everything that happens the first week of school, the president's visiting the second day," said ASU sophomore Cory Crowe.

Though he no longer attends Desert Vista, something, or someone, drew him back to help out. 

"Still photos, trying to get some video in there, too, of the President coming out, students' reactions," Crowe said. 

"I got a cell phone call from the assistant principal who said you need to come to the principal's office right now, and my first thought was, 'Oh my gosh, are we getting complaints already?'" 

Media teacher, and Jasmine Coro's mom, Michelle Coro assembled the troops, assigning students to text, tweet and take photos of an event that will stay on their resumes, and their minds, for a while. 

"They get to say, 'I was there, I was at Desert Vista,'" Michelle Coro said. "'Not only was I at Desert Vista, but I was assigned to cover stories.'" 

Their day didn't end when the President left; as you can imagine, they stayed late filing those stories and publishing those photos, all by deadline. You can see the students' work at: http://dvthundermedia.com/.

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