Roseville student becomes a celebrity during White House visit – Macomb Daily

It’s been weeks since the White House Easter Egg Roll but those who attended the historic event will remember their experience for years to come.

That includes Jonas Meeks, 10, of Roseville.

The fourth-grader from Huron Park Elementary School not only attended the holiday eggstravaganza on Capitol Hill but was interviewed by Stewart McLaurin, president of the White House Historical Association.

A view of families gathered for the White House Easter Egg Roll in 1944. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress Online Catalog

Jonas said he can’t remember everyone’s names but meeting people like McLaurin and the President of the United States and First Lady was the best part.

He also got to play football and basketball with celebrities from the National Football League and National Basketball Association, which was a lot of fun.

The White House Historical Association funds the White House Easter Egg Roll each year and members of its staff became acquainted with Jonas when he traveled to Washington DC on a trip with his mother, Shanina Meeks.

After the Egg Roll, McLaurin, sat down with Jonas to talk about his firsthand experience for a segment of Stewart’s recurring social media series, “White House History Weekly,” in which he invites guests to discuss tidbits of White House history and standing traditions of the Executive Mansion making Jonas somewhat of a celebrity himself.

A young girl enjoys the White House Easter Egg Roll in 2018. Photo courtesy of White House / Joyce C. Boghosian

Jonas joined the nearly 30,000 lottery winners from around the country at the White House for its first Egg Roll in two years, due to COVID-19. The event always includes the iconic rolling eggs with wooden spoons on the South Lawn and a variety of other educational activities for children to enjoy.

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