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School Report: Michelle Obama encourages excellence

Michelle Obama pays tribute to London School

Michelle Obama addressed London schoolgirls during a visit to Oxford University as part of the US presidential state visit.

Thirty-seven students from Elizabeth Garrett Anderson school (EGA) toured the campus and were involved in science workshops before putting their questions to the First Lady.

The impact of the Oxford encounter was also felt by students in the Islington classrooms. Teacher Adam Hughes said: "It is very special for our school and the girls have been very excited to watch it live on TV and feel part of it too."

Mr Hughes runs the School Report project at EGA and some of the young journalists involved are eagerly awaiting the return of the pupils to interview them about their experience.

This is the third time the president's wife has meet with some students from the school. She first visited the language college in April 2009 and some of the students paid her a return visit to the White House.

After the 2009 visit, head teacher Jo Dibb, commented: "Her words continue to provide an inspiration to the students and many have attributed their increased ambition and achievement to what she said."

'Belief in myself'

Elif, who left the school with a string of A*s and As at GCSE said that meeting Michelle Obama was the reason why she pursued her studies with such determination.

Huda, who was in Year 8 at the time of the visit, said: "She made me believe that anything can happen. I used to think that there were things I couldn't do but now I believe in myself."

Ms Dibb added: "Her visit reaffirmed our guiding principles that young people from disadvantaged backgrounds can, and do, achieve as highly as those from more privileged backgrounds."

Read a report from Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School Reporters about the experience of their fellow pupils meeting the First Lady here

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