Politics and Law students and teachers from Collyer’s were recently welcomed at the White House by Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States and Jenna, former president George W. Bush’s daughter.
The pair surprised guests in the Old Family Dining Room, which is now open to the public for the first time in history.
Three students from the Collyer’s group along with Helen Mayer-Dean, Head of Mercers’ House and Subject Leader for Law, and Sarah Hawen, Law teacher, shook hands and chatted with Michelle Obama and Jenna Bush, who kindly welcomed the first 150 visitors to the opening.
Michelle Obama told Law teacher Sarah Hawen: “It’s so nice to have you here. Surprise! What a good day to visit!”
Helen and Sarah later said: “The First Law Ladies of Collyer’s had the privilege of meeting America’s First Lady! It was an exciting and unexpected honour. This was a memory making moment!”
George Grammar Taylor, who studies A-level Law, said: “We waited 40 minutes in one of the White House rooms as security closed the doors. We did not expect at all for Michelle Obama to be there, I didn’t know what to do, I felt very under dressed!
A-level Law student Claudia Sanchez-Ral also stated: “This is going to stay with us forever, not only shaking Mrs Obama’s hand and seeing the refurbished dining room but also being on national TV across 50 states!”
Fellow Law student, Luke Rookwood, added: “I thought it was a privilege, she’s the most famous person I have met. It’s not every day you can say you’ve met Michelle Obama!”
The students were hugely grateful to Senator John Boozman of Arkansas, Senator for the home state of Collyer’s Politics teacher, Nick Cowell, who made the visit to the White House possible.