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Beebe student wins essay competition and trip to Washington D.C.

BEEBE, Ark. (KTHV) - Just days ago, Jessica Kloss received a phone call from Congressman Tim Griffin. He told her she had won his essay competition and a trip to Washington D.C. to see the President's State of the Union address.

"Well, I've never been to Washington D.C.," Kloss said. "I mean you watch all these people in the news, and you never think you're actually going to get to meet these people, and it's just surreal to even have the opportunity to do."

A school counselor told her about the contest.

"I went home, and I was like 'Mom, I'm going to write an essay for this,'" Kloss said. "It's worth a shot; I don't think I'll win, but I'll try."

But, Jessica's essay on why she'd like to attend the President's speech beat out more than 100 other essays.

"I didn't get to read anyone else's, but I read hers, and I thought it was awesome," said her father, David Kloss.

The Beebe High School senior is involved in plenty of extracurricular activities. From Future Business Leaders of America, to youth ministry, to her rock band, it's not clear where she finds the time.

"I'm in four AP classes. I'm a nerd," she said.

"She just, she pushes herself," said her father, David Kloss. "I can't help her anymore, especially on the homework stuff."

Referencing historical figures like Robespierre and Caligula, it's clear that the 18-year-old has a strong interest in history and politics.

"I think it's awesome that a youngster like her would have that kind of a drive and want to know what's going on," David Kloss said.

She's all set to go to University of Arkansas this fall. David, Jesse, and her mom Cindy will all be making the journey to D.C.

"It doesn't matter if it's a Democrat or Republican; it's just awesome to sit there and watch the leader of your country speak it's just - I don't care what party they're a part of," Jessica said.

Maybe someday she'll find herself there permanently.

Read the essay here: http://on.kthv.com/1cqtnTt