St. James student heads to Washington to meet Pres. Obama - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

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

Posted: Updated:
  • NEWSMore>>

  • Homeless man found dead near railroad tracks

    Homeless man found dead near railroad tracks

    Thursday, July 17 2014 9:49 AM EDT2014-07-17 13:49:05 GMT
    The body of a homeless man was found Tuesday morning on the railroad tracks near Fifth Avenue and 16th Street in Columbus. Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan has identified the 62-year-old victim but saysMore >>
    The body of a homeless man was found Tuesday morning on the railroad tracks near Fifth Avenue and 16th Street in Columbus.More >>
  • Mom shoots at burglar trying to steal her car

    Mom shoots at burglar trying to steal her car

    Sunday, July 27 2014 6:33 PM EDT2014-07-27 22:33:43 GMT
    A Columbus woman catches a man trying to steal her car and fires back literally. The car theft gone wrong happened late Friday evening. News Leader Nine's Tyrone McCoy caught up with the victim. More >>
    A Columbus woman catches a man trying to steal her car and fires back literally. The car theft gone wrong happened late Friday evening. News Leader Nine's Tyrone McCoy caught up with the victim. He has an exclusive interview with the single mother who says she was just protecting her family and belongings.More >>
  • LaGrange woman hit by juvenile with cast iron skillet

    LaGrange woman hit with skillet by juvenile

    Sunday, July 27 2014 2:20 PM EDT2014-07-27 18:20:53 GMT
    The LaGrange Police Department says an 88-year-old woman was struck in the head with a cast iron skillet by a male juvenile. Police say on July 27, at approximately 4:43 a.m., the Patrol Division respondedMore >>
    The LaGrange Police Department says an 88-year-old woman was struck in the head with a cast iron skillet by a male juvenile.More >>
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

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.

Copyright 2013 WSFA 12 News.  All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow

1909 Wynnton Road
Columbus, Ga. 31906

FCC Public File
publicfile@wtvm.com
706-494-5400
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WTVM. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.