Fort Collins Students Introduce Michelle Obama at Denver Event

Michelle Obama visited Colorado State University in October 2014 whil campaigning for Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colorado.

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Two Poudre High School students introduced former first lady Michelle Obama in Denver Tuesday at her first public appearance since leaving the White House.

Obama joined The Women’s Foundation of Colorado President and CEO Lauren Casteel for a live conversation at TOGETHER, a Women’s Foundation 30th anniversary fundraising celebration held at the Pepsi Center Tuesday evening.

Kaiah Mooradian, 15, and Noha Sahba, 16, of Poudre, were among seven Girls’ Leadership Council members selected to introduce Obama with opening remarks in a variety of languages. Mooradian spoke English. Sahba spoke Arabic. Other languages included Chinese, Spanish, Ormo, American Sign Language and Amharic.

“Honestly this is the greatest experience of my life,” Sahba told the Coloradoan Tuesday evening. “I don’t think the birth of my first child can compare to this.”

More than 8,000 attendees celebrated Women’s Foundation’s mission to support and improve economic opportunities for Colorado women and their families at Tuesday’s event.

The organization released excerpts of Obama’s conversation with Casteel following the event.

“I want to live in a world that cares for its women,” Obama told the audience. “I hope that we can create a world where women are safe. At the core, I want girls to feel safety as they move about the world.”

Mooradian said she was “still in shock” that she got to introduce the former first lady, who she called an “amazing voice and advocate for women and young women.”

Another Poudre student, Liberty “Libby” Waechter, was chosen to introduce Casteel.

All three students are members of this year’s Girls’ Leadership Conference, a Women’s Foundation summer program that helps 20 rising junior girls to become community and philanthropists.

“(It’s) such an inspiration to see what the Women’s Foundation is doing for young girls,” Waechter said.

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DENVER, CO – JULY 25: Former First Lady Michelle Obama speaks, emphasizing that women must celebrate their strength, during a live conversation with The Women’s Foundation of Colorado President and CEO Lauren Y. Casteel at Pepsi Center on July 25, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Jason Bahr/Getty Images for The Women’s Foundation of Colorado)

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