Celebrating teen leadership by meeting President Barack Obama!
What better way to celebrate teen leadership than by meeting the leader of our country? On Tuesday May 17th, the 2015-16 Youth of the Year had the once in a lifetime opportunity to meet President Barack Obama! Keeping up with the annual #YOY tradition, our National Youth of the Year Whitney traveled to DC with our regional YOYs Alora (MW YOY), Brooke (NE YOY), Courtney (SW YOY), Emily (PAC YOY) and RianSimone (National Miltiary YOY) for their first visit to the Oval Office.
Read on for some of their favorite moments, trip highlights and more!
We kicked off the trip and our first night with dinner to celebrate Emily’s birthday! It was great to catch up after National Conference and celebrate our very own Emily before spending the day with POTUS!
For day two, the most exciting day of our lives to date (!!!), we started with a team breakfast to go over our questions and calm our nerves before meeting with President Obama.
A highlight for me was simply having the honor to meet and shake hands with the President of the United States! Meeting his cute dogs Bo and Sunny was a close second!
My highlight was President Obama opening the door to greet us into his office. It was symbolic to me because it gave us a sense of “arrival”. I had made it somewhere not many people will ever get the chance to experience. The six of us had been waiting so long to get to that moment that when he opened the door I didn’t hold my breath but I finally released it.