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St. James student heads to Washington to meet Pres. Obama


A Montgomery student is headed to the nation's capital to meet President Barack Obama.

It's an incredible opportunity for St. James senior Jared Hunter, one of only two students in the state selected to represent Alabama in the U.S. Senate Youth Program.

Jared will receive a $5,000 scholarship and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. where he'll get to meet the president and vice president.

During the week-long trip, he'll also have dinner with multiple heads of agencies and departments, as well as Supreme Court judges and elected officials.

It's an honor the student has earned. Applicants must take a difficult test, write an essay and go through an interview process.

"My interview was the Saturday before Thanksgiving, at the American Village at Montevallo. They asked me questions with a strong focus on national and state current events. Thankfully, I'd brushed up on Governor Bentley's recent trip to Japan, when he was trying to get more businesses to come to Alabama, because they asked me my views on that!" Jared said, laughing.

Jared's dream college is Georgetown. In addition to Georgetown, the 17-year-old is considering the University of North Carolina, the University of Alabama, and Auburn. "It depends on where I find the best combination of scholarship and academic package," he explained. He says he would one day like to be a U.S. Senator.

What will he ask the president when they meet? "Oh gosh," he says. "Hope I can speak. Ask what advice he would have for someone who wants to follow in his footsteps."

Jared has a long list of achievements. He was named a National Merit Scholarship Corporation National Achievement Semifinalist in September, one of only 1,600 black American high school seniors named to compete for $2.5 million to be offered in the Spring.

Currently, Jared is a student reporter for a special series of webcasts produced by Alabama Public Television. The programs, Project C: Lessons from the Civil Rights Movement, are online productions for which Hunter does on-camera interviews. The series has received more than 650,000 views.

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