6th Grader back from State of the Union - Tucson News Now

6th Grader back from State of the Union

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Haile Thomas was pretty shocked when she received the news last week. That she would be attending President Barack Obama's State of The Union Address.

The 12-year-old just got back Washington D.C. last night. Thomas had one of the best seats in the House Chamber. She was a guest of First Lady Michelle Obama and sat in the First Lady's box. In fact, she sat a few rows back from the First Lady.

The trip started with Thomas and her mother arriving in the nations capital at midnight on Monday. On Tuesday the two toured the city and had dinner. They showed up to the White House and met the First Lady and Dr. Jill Biden. During the visit, Thomas and her mom got a surprise visit from Bo, the first dog.

Then it was on to the Capitol for the speech. Thomas was in a van that was part of a motorcade. She was taken to her seat, where she had the chance to meet a CEO from Apple and a teacher from Sandy Hook Elementary. After the speech, Haile received the chance to talk with President Obama for a few minutes.

Thomas was invited because of her work as an advocate for proper nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices for youth. She's a youth advisory board member with the Alliance For A Healthier Generation. Not to mention co-founder and director of "HAPPY" an Arizona non-profit dedicated to improving the health and wellness of youth.

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