Frankfort High School senior Ranesha Edmondson shook hands with President George W. Bush during her July visit to Washington, D.C. for Girls Nation.
She was one of two chosen to represent Kentucky at Girls Nation, which is sponsored by the national American Legion Auxiliary.
"It was really hard to make it to Girls Nation and to be able to participate in a mock Congress at a national level, especially because there were so many girls involved in the program," the 17-year-old said.
On her fourth trip to the nation's capital, she said meeting the president was her favorite memory. Bush talked to the group for about 15 to 20 minutes at the Executive Building.
"The president talked to us about always pursuing your dreams, so it was like a pep talk," she said. "Then we watched him take off in his helicopter, which was neat."
She said at the end of Girls State, which she participated in at Cumberland College in June, all of the delegates had to vote for any two girls to go to Girls Nation, and she was one of the girls chosen to represent Kentucky along with Tessa Ingram from Elizabethtown.
She had to be part of the Girls State program before she could be eligible for Girls Nation. In order to be eligible for Girls State one has to be a junior going into the senior year of high school. Girls State discusses government on a state level and Girls Nation discusses government on a national level, she said.