Ninth-grader Kiara Molina got the chance of a lifetime to introduce the President of the United States at the White House, and she ended up stealing the spotlight from him with her thoughtful speech.
Molina is a student at Harlem Children's Zone Promise Academy Charter School in New York, and introduced President Obama's Promise Zone announcement on Thursday.
"The school makes sure we are doing well in every way," she says. "We get healthy meals everyday, and have a health center for when we are not feeling well. We go on trips to see potential colleges, and I'm already taking classes to help me get good scores on my PSAT."
"I know I am going to college," said Kiara, followed by applause from the crowd.
"Some kids don't have the opportunities that I have had at the Harlem Children's Zone," she continued. "Our school was built right in the middle of the St. Nicholas housing projects. I think it sends a powerful message to the kids who live in the neighborhood who might be messing up or dropped out that school can be exciting and safe."
"I feel so honored for the opportunity to meet my President who has shown how much he cares about kids like me, where we come from, what we want to be in life, and that Mr. Obama is really going to make sure we get there," she said before introducing the President.
"That was one of the best introductions I've ever had," Mr. Obama told the crowd after approaching the podium.
"We're so proud of Kiara for that introduction and for sharing her story," he continued. "I know your mom is proud. I know she is. She should be."
Pres. Obama went on to announce the first five of twenty "Promise Zones" - economically distressed areas in Philadelphia, San Antonio, Kentucky, Los Angeles and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, that will get tax breaks and federal aid, saying, "A child's course in life should not be determined not by the zip code she's born in, but by the strength of her work ethic and the scope of her dreams."
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