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.