Local high school students are being joined by more than 10,000 high school students from around the country to participate in the 41st inauguration activities this week. The Congressional Youth Leadership Council this week welcomed about 2,500 high school students to participate in the council's 1989 Youth Inaugural Conference. The American Bicentennial Presidential Inauguration Committee expects about 9,000 high school juniors and seniors to participate in the committee's "Looking Forward: An Inaugural Forum" for high school students. And local students not participating in those exclusive high school activities will participate in public inaugural events. Highlights of the conference include a tour of Washington, greetings from the 101st Congress, an evening at the Kennedy Center, breakfast at the National Press Club, visits to senators' offices, attending the high school inaugural forum, attending the Congressional Inaugural Breakfast and attending the inaugural ceremonies at the U.S. Capitol. The forum will include presentations from Vice President-elect Dan Quayle, Secretary of Education Lauro Cavazos, Secretary-designate of Housing and Urban Development Jack Kemp and entertainer Yakov Smirnoff. The Eastern High School Choir will perform. The forum, which is open to high school juniors and seniors including those in the metropolitan area who obtained the free tickets through their school, is an effort to inspire the leaders of tomorrow. However, most of the forum participants have come from other states. The Eastern High School Marching Band was selected to represent the District in the Inauguratal Parade, but most District high school students who want to participate in the inauguration will have to join the thousands of out-of-towners on the curbs in the area marked off for the activities downtown in front of the White House. George Benskin, St. John's College High School senior, said he's looking forward to the Inaugural Parade tomorrow. "I believe it's a great opportunity. This is the first election I voted in, so I'm excited about it," said Benskin, who celebrated his 18th birthday one month before the 1988 presidential elections. And having moved from California just two years ago, he is excited about finally being able to participate in the parade. "It's a great opportunity to see things in person that I've only seen on the news," Benskin said. David Sumner, a Dunbar senior, plans to photograph the parade to store in his box of mementos. "I'll be going to college next year and this is the only time I'll get to see it," said Sumner who has been accepted to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida. "I've lived in Washington all this time. I'm really so close to the government, seeing a new president ushered in would be interesting."