By: Undria Wilson

The year 2017 is already starting off great, but it is also the final year of Obama’s stay in the White House. Eight years seems like a long time, but in reality, it isn’t. Last night, First Lady Michelle Obama delivered a heartfelt speech to the children of immigrants. The event aimed at honoring 2017 School Counselor of the Year, which takes place exactly two weeks before President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration.

According to, the ceremony highlights school high school counselors who have demonstrated leaderships skills. The program launched in 2015 by Obama and serves as part of her “Reach Higher” program to promote higher education.

As part of her time in the White House, First Lady Obama has lobbied for education, fitness and military families as topics needed for discussion. Her speech Friday night helped shed light on her childhood and how her father’s determination to make sure his children were successful has shaped her into the person she is today.

“It’s the hope of folks like my dad who got up every day to do his job at the city water plant; the hope that one day, his kids would go to college and have opportunities he never dreamed of,” she said proudly.

Our First Lady instilled hope as she addressed immigrant children seeking a better life in America. She said that “So for all the young people in this room and those who are watching, know that this country belongs to you — to all of you, from every background and walk of life, if you or your parents are immigrants, know that you are part of a proud American tradition — the infusion of new cultures, talents, and ideas, generation after generation, that has made us the greatest country on earth.”

To end her final speech as First Lady, Obama mentioned one last thing: “Being your first lady has been the greatest honor of my life, and I hope I made you proud.”

Thank you First Lady & Mr. President! You will be missed!


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