NCS Students Preview State Dinner at the White House
Six NCS students attended a very special preview hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama on March 14.
An invitation to a White House state dinner is the most coveted invitation in the nation’s capital. Six lucky NCS students received the next-best thing, a very special invite to attend first lady Michelle Obama’s pre-dinner preview of a state dinner before a small group of reporters and students on March 14.
The state dinner to be held that evening was for British Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha. That afternoon, the NCS students were seated at one of three tables in the State Dining Room, decorated in the style planned for the evening’s festivities; the other two tables included students from Elizabeth Seton High School, MD, and the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School in the UK.
Mrs. Obama spoke to the group about the importance of the dinner before introducing National Security Staff Chief of Staff Brooke Anderson and Executive White House Chef Cris Comerford, who spoke about the diplomacy and details of a state dinner. You can see a video of all of the remarks here
The NCS group also met NCS alumna Jocelyn Frye ’81, who now serves as Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy and Director of Policy and Projects for the First Lady.
When the request came from the White House for six NCS girls to attend, Head of School Kathleen Jamieson invited juniors and seniors to enter a drawing to determine who would go. The lucky students were:
Madeline Basil ‘12
Chelsea Fine ‘12
Mariah Joyce ‘12
Maya Lewis ‘13
Julia Maddrey ‘12
Paola Maseda ‘13
They were accompanied by Heather Dent, NCS director of Athletics, Physical Education, and Sports.
Maya Lewis '13, one of the NCS students attending, shared her impressions of the event:
"After finally getting past the 10 security stops, we finally entered the White House and passed paintings of many prominent political figures such as Hillary Clinton and Abraham Lincoln. When we entered the room that usually holds state dinners, there were three tables set out, decorated with an assortment of flowers. When Mrs. Obama came out to speak to us, the entire room seemed to be entranced by her calm and flawless countenance and her eloquent speech on the importance of the State dinner and her previous relationship with the UK school. Although Mrs. Obama only spoke to us for 10 minutes or so, every NCS girl was left with an appreciation of women's roles in the White House, and how the Obama administration has improved their role through the appointment of the first female executive chef. The dessert we had the opportunity to taste was flawless. Mrs. Obama left us with the thought that one day any one of us could be doing what she or President Obama was doing as well. Finally after leaving the White House, we were treated with an accidental meeting with singer John Legend, who performed at the State Dinner."
We are honored that NCS was chosen to take part in this preview event!