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Students who belong to the city-based Global Kids program and who recently won an award for the summer program they run at the Council on Foreign Relations got some face time with the First Lady Friday. NY1's Vivian Lee filed the following report.

WASHINGTON D.C. - Two students from a New York summer enrichment program got the opportunity of a lifetime.

High school students Annie Willis and Shavonne Campbell, with the group Global Kids, showed off a game they made this summer to First Lady Michelle Obama.
 
"I just had a feeling of empowerment and overjoy," Willis said. "It was truly amazing."

Global Kids was one of many out-of-school enrichment programs who participated in the National Summer Learning Day celebration.

The program targets middle- and high-school students in New York and Washington, D.C. and gives them the opportunity to travel abroad and learn digital skills.

Campbell, who lives in Brooklyn, said the game he showed the First Lady was a collaborative effort.

"We all made it. Seven other kids, we made the game together," Campbell said. "One person came up with the idea of Jackie Robinson because she actually lived in the building of Ebbets Field, where he used to play."

Michelle Obama encouraged the student leaders to continue their learning year-round.
 
"Summer can't just be a vacation. It's really a time to try to get ahead," she said.

Instead of a vacation, some students, like Campbell, will have an even better trip to brag about when school's back in session.

"I just felt so excited to talk to her because I've only been here for 14 months, and the opportunity, that I got to meet such an important lady to this country, I was very thrilled," Campbell said.

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