Roseville student becomes a celebrity during White House visit – Macomb Daily

It’s been weeks since the White House Easter Egg Roll but those who attended the historic event will remember their experience for years to come.

That includes Jonas Meeks, 10, of Roseville.

The fourth grader from Huron Park Elementary School not only attended the holiday eggstravaganza on Capitol Hill but stood on the White House lawn within earshot of President Joe Biden.

That’s what he’ll remember most, said Jonas.

“Seeing my president, Joe Biden, speaking and addressing the crowd, hearing the words coming out of his mouth, actually made me believe that I could be president one day,” he said.

He also got to play basketball with some of his basketball idols, although he cannot remember anyone’s names, and was among the guests who did their best to roll an egg across the lawn using a wooden spoon.

“It was fun and it was good,” he said, of the egg rolling. “But it was very, very hard.”

A view of families gathering for the White House Easter Egg Roll in 1944. Photo courtesy of Library of Congress Online Catalog

The White House Historical Association funds the White House Easter Egg Roll each year and members of its staff became acquainted with Jonas when he traveled to Washington, DC on a trip with his mother, Shanina Meeks.

After the Egg Roll, which returned last month after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the President of the White House Historical Association Stewart McLaurin, sat down with Jonas to talk about his firsthand experience for a segment of Stewart’s recurring social media series , “White House History Weekly.” In the broadcast, he invites guests to discuss tidbits of White House history and standing traditions of the Executive Mansion making Jonas somewhat of a celebrity himself.

“I’m so glad he was able to experience that,” said Shanina, who is the director of event planning for Westin Book Cadillac Detroit and strives to expose her son to a variety of experiences. is more in life than where they live. ”

A young girl enjoys the White House Easter Egg Roll in 2018. Photo courtesy of White House / Joyce C. Boghosian

Shanina said Jonas was home schooled during COVID-19 and after a tough year she asked him if he could go on a trip anywhere, where would he want to go? said,’I want to go to Washington DC and see the White House,’ ”Shanina said.

It was during that trip that she and Jonas met McLaurin, who invited Jonas back for the Easter Egg Roll.

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