Scholastic News Kid Reporters Get the Exclusive from First Lady Michelle Obama

Josephine Djonovic  //  Nov 22, 2016

Scholastic News Kid Reporters Get the Exclusive from First Lady Michelle Obama

This year, members of the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps interviewed presidential candidates, athletes, authors and celebrities. Perhaps the most exciting sit-down was with First Lady Michelle Obama.

Eight Kid Reporters from across the country traveled to Washington, D.C., to exclusively interview the First Lady in the White House Map Room. Kid Reporters Gabriel Ferris, 15, of Winslow, ME; Manu Onteeru, 14, of Sterling, VA; Adedayo Perkovich, 12, of New York, NY; Courtney Pine, 11, of Washington, DC; Stone Shen, 12, of Acton, MA; Maxwell Surprenant, 13, of Needham, MA; Erik Weibel, 14, of Benton, PA; and Skylar Yarter, 13, of Maplewood, NJ, sat down with the First Lady to discuss her plans for the future, the White House Garden, her “Let’s Move!” campaign and so much more.

Click here to see the full Scholastic News Kids Press Corps interview with First Lady Michelle Obama. First, check out some highlights, below:

How does your family participate in the Let’s Move! campaign?

“We try to follow the principles that we set forth through Let’s Move!,” explained First Lady Michelle Obama. In addition to eating balanced meals and limiting screen time, the Obama family also exercises regularly. “We try to lead by example and the President and I are very active. We work out almost every single day, we have a trainer, and I do classes—I love SoulCycle. I want my kids to see me moving around!” 

What do you plan to do next in your career?

The First Lady responded, “I hope to always stay connected to our military community and be a support. I hope to always be working on issues of health in this nation, particularly with kids and hopefully with moms, as we move forward. And I hope to be talking about education and encouraging kids to take their education seriously here in the U.S., because there are kids around the world who don’t have the privileges that we've had.” She later added, “And then I want to sleep a little bit more. I want to take a walk. I want to go to CVS without Ellen [DeGeneres].” 

Look out for this interview with First Lady Michelle Obama in upcoming print issues of Scholastic News.

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(Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)