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Emily Furfaro (WGHP)

WASHINGTON — An Appalachian State University graduate has gone from the Piedmont to the White House.

22-year-old Greensboro resident Emily Furfaro has been interning at the White House since August. On Monday, Furfaro will volunteer during the inauguration activities.

Obama was privately sworn in Sunday and will be publicly sworn in Monday.

FOX8 spoke with Furfaro via Skype about preparations for the big day.

“People are definitely excited when you go downtown, all of the hotels have put out American flags, it’s very festive and there’s just a lot of people, tomorrow should be a lot of fun,” she said.

She has worked in the office of communication, doing a little bit of everything from working with the media to helping plan event.

Furfaro said she was even able to meet First Lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.

Furfaro was a FOX8 Weather Kid when she was in the third grade.

Meanwhile, Mayor Pro Tem of Winston-Salem Vivan H. Burke said she is excited for this inauguration because it falls on the day to honor Martin Luther King Jr. 

A Martin Luther King Jr. prayer breakfast takes place Monday at the Benton Convention Center. 

Burke will speak to more than 800 people. Monday’s MLK prayer breakfast is open to the public and starts at 7 a.m.

“America, our country, a land that’s for all of us with many opportunities and encourage us to take those opportunities. Be prepared. Be ready,” Burke said.