Kids visit nation’s Capitol

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I was one of 45 students selected out of 78,000 entries to be a 2018 Do the Write Thing national ambassador, a campaign to stop violence.

From July 14-18, I participated in an event-filled schedule in Washington D.C. This opportunity was amazing. I worked alongside other ambassadors sharing our stories with senators, ambassadors of other countries and the attorney general of the District of Columbia. I got to speak to Sen. Ted Cruz and take a picture with him. We had dinner at the Kuwait Cultural Center with the ambassador of Kuwait, presented our book at the Library of Congress, and toured the U.S. Supreme Court and Capitol Hill. We even got to go on a night tour of D.C., in a two-decker bus. It is a beautiful city.

What an amazing trip!

The last evening, a recognition dinner ceremony, ‘Hear Us” was held at Ronald Reagan Building Atrium. I had the opportunity to share a quote from my essay with more than 300 people, “"We need to all do our part to make the world a better place, even if it is just listening to those who are suffering.” The Harlem Globetrotters made a surprise appearance and gave each of us an autographed basketball. Ddendyl Hoyt entertained us with her amazing singing. Carla Hall spoke to us, also. If you watch The Chew, you may know her. It was such a great evening.

This opportunity has provided me with a new perspective. I made lots of great friends from around the U.S. We hope to keep in contact with each other and apply the things we’ve learned in our future. I will keep speaking up to change the world in hope to change it to be a less violent place. We have to speak up, we have to do our part, law makers have to hear us, administrators have to hear us, and we have to keep making changes to make our future less violent in this world.

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