Eighth-grader's letter wins congressional standing ovation:

02/25/2009 | CNN · Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) · NYTimes.com

South Carolina eighth-grader Ty'Sheoma Bethea, who wrote a letter to Congress asking for help repairing her junior high school, sat next to first lady Michelle Obama at President Barack Obama's first speech before Congress and was quoted by the president in his address. " 'We are just students trying to become lawyers, doctors, congressmen like yourself and one day president, so we can make a change to not just the state of South Carolina but also the world,' " Obama read. " 'We are not quitters,' " he continued, triggering a standing ovation from Congress.

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