Indianapolis student wins contest to go to presidential debate in Las Vegas

Posted: 3:26 PM, Oct 18, 2016
Updated: 2016-10-19 09:15:59-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- A middle school student from Indianapolis will be in the audience for Wednesday's presidential debate and she'll serve as a student reporter too.

Tuesday, 13-year-old Jade Thomas was honored by her fellow 8th graders at St. Richards's Episcopal School before heading to the airport.

Jade won an essay contest by writing an open letter to Donald Trump about her experiences as the child of a single, working mom trying to earn a fair wage.

"I want to hear what they are going to do for the young generations because that is who we are, what the country is going to be like in 20 years, and I want to see what they are going to say about he future of that," said Jade.

The head of the school surprised Jade and her mom with a luxury ride to the airport.

Jade was one of thousands of students nationwide that took part in PBS Education's 50 for 50 essay contest by writing letters with ideas about how to improve the effectiveness of government, but only two were chosen.

Read her winning essay here.

You can watch the presidential debate beginning at 9 p.m. on RTV6, and on the RTV6 Facebook page.