Excitement lingers on day after Obama visit

By Tim Guidera - bio | email

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - It was a moment frozen in time, the perspective immediate and the impact enduring.

"It was probably the most important day in Savannah Tech's history,'' Steve Hartley, Savannah Tech's Historic Preservation instructor, said of President Barrack Obama's visit to the school Tuesday.

And on the day after that important day, Savannah Tech students had returned to classes.

But everything had not quite returned to normal.

"It's still a shock because it was the next day and just walking the grounds,'' nursing assintant student Shreeta Bathwaite said of the feeling on campus. "The atmosphere is calm and peaceful and everyone is still excited about it.''

And the sense that something remarkable happened here was unmistakable.

Wednesday, workers were busy breaking down the room where the President spoke. But anyone who was in there yesterday, anyone who was on campus for that historic event might not be coming down from that excitement any time soon.

"No sir, I won't be,'' said Jarvis Hymon, a student in the Youth Build Program, who met with the President Tuesday at Savannah Tech. "It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.''

"Well, the day after has been a little bit interesting,'' added Hymon. "We still have some remnants of what we did for the President's visit. We're slowly breaking that down. Students are coming back onto campus after a lot of classes were cancelled yesterday and they're still talking about it.''

They're not the only ones.

The school has measured upwards of 150 media hits from the visit on outlets as far away as Hong Kong.

"A lot of people know about Savannah Tech, that didn't know about us Monday morning,'' said Hartley.

And all across campus, students and faculty say they know the energy created isn't going away.

"I think it'll be a buzz that lasts a lifetime,'' said Bathwaite. "Because this is a technical college and they've got a lot of things they're doing in the renovation of Savannah Tech and it'll just be a part of our history.''

A history that now seems more full than ever before.

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