Chch student hopes to shake Obama's hand

Chch student off to Obama's inauguration

ANNA TURNER
Last updated 07:43 09/11/2012
Jescinta Heyl
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DREAM: Jescinta Heyl is off to Washington to take part in the Inauguration of the President of the United States of America.

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A Christchurch university student hopes to get the chance to shake hands with Barack Obama in January.

Jescinta Heyl, 22, has been chosen to take part in the Inauguration of the President of the United States of America.

Heyl, who studies speech and language therapy, said she was given the opportunity as part of the Golden Key International Honours Society, which she belonged to.

''They invited people from around the world to go to the conference and I put my name forward and got selected. I was jumping around when I found out. I was so excited.''

She will spend five days in Washington at the conference next January, learning about the history behind the electoral process.

''I'm not sure how close we will get to him yet, but we've been told we will be in the first few rows,'' Heyl said.

''I'd love to meet Obama and shake his hand. I think that would be a lot of people's dream.''

Heyl said her dad was American and the opportunity was ''a very big deal'' to both of them.

''He's more excited than me. I've only been to America once when I was 8 and not to Washington so it will be an amazing trip.''

She believed she may be the only New Zealander attending the ceremony.

''We had an online conference and I couldn't find any other New Zealanders so there can't be many of us.''

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