MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - For many, Monday’s inauguration festivities brought all the pomp and circumstance we’ve come to expect every four years.
For others, it’s a moment they may never forget.
As Gov. Kay Ivey recited the oath of office and addressed the crowd, students from across the state were hanging on her every word.
“Like most of my predecessors, my pathway to this spot was certainly not predetermined or even likely,” Ivey stated. “After all, when I was growing up in my hometown of Camden, little girls simply didn’t dream of growing up to one day be elected Governor.”
As Gov. Ivey realized her dream on Monday, she planted a seed for many other girls with high hopes and larger-than-life aspirations.
“I want to be the governor,” chimed a group of sixth grade students from Pleasant Grove Elementary in Heflin, Alabama.
Following the swearing in ceremony, Taija Crosby, was still wrapping her arms around the experience.
“I still can’t believe I saw Kay Ivey,” Crosby said as she squealed in excitement.
The group quickly rattled off several of Ivey's points, specifically about her emphasis on improving roads and bridges, something they believe she can accomplish.
“She said she was ready to work with everyone, Republicans and Democrats,” a student explained.
For the group, seeing is believing. As they left Dexter Avenue, it was clear Ivey's unlikely path to power opened their minds to their future potential.
“Girls and women are taking a step up to prove they can do anything, and we are,” Bailey Jones explained.
High school students left with the same energy and momentum.
“We are now a part of history,” stated Amanda Eversman.
Eversman left Bay Minette, Alabama before sunrise with her civics class to witness politics on the state's biggest stage.
As Ivey laid out a plan for the term ahead, these new government enthusiasts say they'll be closely tracking the progress.
“She’s the longest reigning female governor, so she’s made history herself,” said Eversman.
A day of firsts, for current and future state leaders.