A Diamond in the Rough

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A fourth-degree green belt in XXXX, who wants to be a doctor, Jayani is an invitee to the Presidential Inaugural Conference, the only elementary school student selected to the program for middle school students.

Her mother, Javon Brown, said Jayani received the invitation in January, but must raise $3,000 to attend the Jan. 18-23 conference at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Oxon Hill, Maryland, which includes an opening night reception, inauguration events, and a curriculum that examines the presidential campaigns, voting and the roles of the president, cabinet officers and the administration, as well as a gala celebration that includes a private concert at the resort’s ballroom.

Jayani’s great-uncle Archie Talley, a motivational speaker and former NBA player and Harlem Globetrotter, described his great-niece as a diamond in the rough.

“Her success in the classroom is a direct result of her hunger for education and always striving to be the best, and also her dedication, hard work, sacrifice and her unique ability to pay close attention to detail at such a young age. Her loving, caring, supportive and protective mother and grandmother are and will always be her solid foundation for success. It is a team effort and I am extremely proud of her and the entire team.”

Talley is especially pleased to see his great-niece invited to the presidential inauguration conference and said he admired President Obama and the first lady for their genuine love of children.

“Honoring young people like our Jayani and her fellow accomplished students in front of the whole world is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for anyone.”

Jayani watched the first and third presidential debates.

“The president didn’t do good in the first debate, but in the last debate, he did really well,” Jayani said, adding that she thought the debates helped Obama overall and that she was elated he won reelection.

“Selecting Barack Obama for a second term provides more choices and options for people, and he does not want anyone to fall back on their education,” said Jayani, who accompanied her mother and grandmother to the polls this year and said she wants to meet the president and first lady.

Jayani’s mother has set up a campaign on a crowd sourcing site to raise money to help send her daughter to the Presidential Inaugural Conference.

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