Nadir’s niece for Obama’s inauguration
The great-niece of Labour Minister Manzoor Nadir has secured a ticket to the hottest venue in the U.S. this January, CWNN has learnt.
Lisamarie Nadir, 17, a relative of Minister Nadir, has been chosen as a national high school scholar to participate in the January 20 inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama, who will make history as the first black President of the United States, and its 44th.
Selected as a National Scholar in 2007, her guidance counselor at August Martin High School in Jamaica, Queens, NY, where Lisamarie is a senior, told her she was chosen to attend the National Young Leaders Conference in October of that year.
Along with others from around the nation, she spent a week in the nation’s capital visiting Congress, and she also got to meet Congressman Gregory Meeks, who represents her Queens, NY hometown.
This in turn led to her invitation to attend the Presidential Youth Inaugural Conference of 2009, which means that she will also attend the swearing-in of the 44th President.
“I will be going to Washington D.C January 17 – 21; and on January 20, I will be present at the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden, and also the Black-Tie Inaugural Gala Ball,” said the excited teen.
Her grandfather, Desmond Nadir, is also bursting with pride. “She’s going to the Inauguration, she’s going to be there!” he said excitedly.
Adding to her accomplishments in the current academic school year, Lisamarie helped her grandmother, Theresa Nadir, with community service events that raise funds for the Organisation for Social and Health Advancement in Guyana and the Caribbean, to sponsor medical delegations that benefit the underserved in developing countries in that Diaspora; doctors donate time and skills to provide free medical, surgical, nutritional and support care annually.
She also attended the 2008 National Youth Leadership Forum of Medicine in Philadelphia; and just recently, in October, she was crowned Homecoming Princess for August Martin High School.
This journey of achievement, by a young woman who wants to pursue a career that embodies her passion for caring and changing lives, is one that energizes her to do more in the future.
She has interests in Forensic Science and Psychology, and she wants to take care of her grandparents, whom she lives with, and their struggles in today’s economy.
“I want to positively change the rest of their lives,” she added.