The historic inauguration of Barack Obama as the nation's 44th president will happen Jan. 20, 2009, on the steps of the Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Would you like to be there, as a guest of U.S. Rep. Bob Brady and the Daily News? If you're a high-school student in the Philadelphia area, you can be.

Write a 300-word essay on this topic: "What the inauguration of Barack Obama means to me." We'll select three winners.

Each winner may bring one parent or guardian on the trip. We'll provide round-trip rail transportation via Amtrak.

To enter, e-mail your essay to inauguration@phillynews.com
or mail it to:

Obama Essay
c/o Daily News, Box 7788
Philadelphia, PA 19101

Please make sure to include your name, age, telephone number, school and grade level.