Glad to sing one girl’s praises

Published 8:56 pm Thursday, July 11, 2013

News is funny. On the same page where articles feature stories about harsh murders, crime rates and investigations into sex scandals, the page can bring joy as well through stories of hope, joy and accomplishments.

Learning about what one Selma resident was able to accomplish made not only the newsroom, but the entire community smile. Kindall Murphy, 11, is one of Selma’s own. When she saw an ad on the Disney Channel, she jumped up to tell her mom she wanted to enter the contest. The ad asked for children, like Kindall, to submit recipe ideas for lunches that were healthy yet good culinary creations.

Kindall’s entry stood out among the others in Alabama, earning her a seat across from First Lady Michelle Obama at a White House Kids’ State Dinner.

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Her recipe featured kale, apples, broccoli and chicken and is now included in the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge Cookbook.

“I had a wonderful time at the White House today,” Murphy told the office of Rep. Terri Sewell. “I got to sit at the same table and eat with Mrs. Obama. I got to ask her questions and have a conversation with her. President Obama came to our table, shook my hand, and asked me about my recipe.”
How exciting that the president was able to make a surprise visit and greet Kindall.

We know this is something she will never forget and her mother said she never imagined their family would get an opportunity such as this one.

We are thrilled to not only cheer for Kindall and the Murphy family during this exciting time, but we are thrilled to report on their entire journey to the White House and the honor they have received.

The news of Murphy family is something all news outlets can get behind and we hope others families follow their lead, giving us something to talk about — something great to talk about.