Selma girl invited to First Lady luncheon

Published 9:32pm Thursday, June 20, 2013

Thursday, 10-year-old Kindall Murphy proved that Dallas County’s representation in Washington isn’t just for adults when she was selected to represent not only Selma and Dallas County, but the state of Alabama at the second Healthy Lunchtime Challenge & Kids’ State Dinner.

The state dinner will be hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House July 8.

Murphy is a student at Cedar Park Elementary and won the honor after submitting a recipe for the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge.

“It is such an honor to be chosen and to represent my state at the White House,” Murphy said. “I love eating healthy and exercising with my brothers. And I just cannot wait to meet First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House.”

U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell  (D-Ala.) who is also from Selma said she was thrilled to hear that a “young, budding chef” from the 7th Congressional District will represent the state.

“I am thrilled that Selma native Kindall Murphy’s recipe — a kale, broccoli, chicken and apple salad — was selected as the winner for the state of Alabama in the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge. We are so proud to have her represent our great state at the White House on July 8,” Sewell said. “At such a young age, Kindall is already a testament to the importance of eating healthy and exercising regularly. It is so critically important that we promote a healthier next generation of Americans, and I applaud First Lady Obama’s efforts to ensure that our kids make healthier choices.”

Murphy’s principal at Cedar Park Elementary, Bertram Pickney, was also thrilled to learn she was chosen.

“I am so overjoyed by Kindall’s selection because she is a delightful young girl and represents all that is great about Cedar Park Elementary,” Pickney said. “She is a prime example of what exposure in education can provide and I know she has a bright future ahead of her.”

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