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“The President said my name, like that’s insane,” President tells young girl’s story during speech

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DURANT, Okla. -- The halls of Durant High have emptied since the President's speech, but some of those seated in the crowd will be the first affected by his new initiative.

Though his speech captured hundreds, it was one teenager's journey that moved the crowd.

"This will make a difference for young people, like Kelsey Janway," explained the President, motioning to a young lady.

Kelsey, a 16-year-old member of the Choctaw Nation, couldn't believe her ears.

"He said my name," exclaimed Janway. "The President said my name, like that's insane."

The President then described Kelsey's upbringing, how she had to  stand on a rock for any sort of cell phone service growing up.

"You remember the rock, it was this particular rock," the President said to Kelsey.

"If you stood there and held [a cell phone] a certain way, you would get reception," Kelsey explained to NewsChannel 4.

"She's got spotty slow internet service at home," said President Obama. "At school, service is just as bad."

The President explained that his ConnectHome initiative is for people like Kelsey and her family.

Kelsey believes it could make the difference for not only her, but her classmates as well.

"We are the future, native or not native... we are going to be the ones in charge in a few years," she explained. "The opportunities are there, you just have to grab them and never let go of them."

 

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