Virginia 9-year-old attends event at White House

Posted at 6:43 PM, Aug 20, 2012
and last updated 2012-08-20 22:38:46-04

Washington, D.C. (WTVR) - An unusual State dinner was held at The White House in Washington on Monday afternoon.

It wasn't dignitaries and lawmakers attending the event. Instead, it was children.

First Lady Michelle Obama hosted the luncheon as a part of her "Let's Move Campaign."

Fifty-four children, representing all the states, the District of Columbia and the three U.S. territories were invited to the event. They were chosen as a part of a contest, which asked kids to create healthier food options for school lunches.

Those nutritious meals were even featured at Monday's event.

"This is exactly the kind of leadership we need to give all of our kids the kind of healthy futures they deserve," says First Lady Michelle Obama.

Virginia was represented at the special luncheon by 9-year-old Madeline Steppel.

She won the trip to The White House for her dish of fish chowder with a fruity salad.