Local Girls Inc. members travel to Washington D.C.

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  A few Columbus residents are spending the next few days in Washington D.C.

Two girls and one staff member from Girls Incorporated were chosen for an all expense paid trip to the nation's capitol.

Girls Inc. Development Director Valerie Boggs Hardaway explained to News Leader Nine, "The first lady, Michelle Obama, selected 25 guests of Girls Incorporated nationally and we were selected. We were given three tickets to the White House."

Adriana Embus is a sophomore at Brookstone School and will be visiting Washington D.C. for the first time, "25 Girls Inc. Personnel from around the country, that's amazing. And for just some person like me from Columbus, Georgia to go is a really satisfying feeling."

South Columbus Elementary School 5th grader Kierra Murphy added, "I go to Baker Girls Inc. and I think they picked me because I have good behavior and a good attitude."

Valerie Boggs Hardaway says the main reason the three of them are headed on this trip is, "They were selected first of all because they are outstanding young ladies, and they've done a lot of good things for Girls Inc. They are both long-time members. Adriana is helping with the robotics program and she loves to volunteer and help any way she can in the community."

"It's going to be such a memorable experience. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I expect so much and I know I'm going to get what I'm expecting out of it," said Adriana.

Kierra Murphy was chosen for the free trip because of an essay she wrote for the organization. She said, "I wrote a story to the "New Moon Girls" magazine telling about military families and mine got picked out of the whole United States."

Boggs Hardaway added, "She was selected and she's doing an awesome job at being a youth leader at such a young age. She participates in all the sports, soccer and jump roping. They are awesome young ladies."

The girls will spend the next two days touring the city and will return to Columbus Tuesday evening.

The trip was funded by the Girls Inc. Board of Directors, generous donations from local businesses and AirTran Airways.

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