Teenager Wins Essay Contest To Meet Obama At NAACP Gala

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From The New York Daily News

President Obamawill bring his inspirational message of change toNew Yorktoday when he delivers the keynote speech at theNAACPgala.

And a lower East Side teen, who dreams of being the city’s first female African-American mayor, will be there soaking up his every word – and hoping to finally meet her idol.

Shaquana Gardner, 19, spent Wednesday putting the finishing touches to her outfit for the lavish black-tie gala at the New York Hilton.

She had her nails done and took her gown to the tailor, and is still pinching herself that her essay about being a first-generation college student from a poor single-parent family scored her a ticket to the coveted event.
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