President Donald Trump is applauded by Vice President Mike Pence and U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., while delivering his first address to a joint session of Congress Feb. 28 in Washington. (CNS photo/Jim Lo Scalzo pool via Reuters)
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (CNS) -- When President Donald Trump delivered his first address before a joint session of Congress Feb. 28, Emma Nunn, a senior at Assumption High School in Louisville, was in the audience.
Nunn, who says she's "passionate" about the immigration issue, was invited to hear the president speak by Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth, who represents Kentucky's 3rd District.
Nunn, 18, said she received a call from Assumption teacher Lisa Wieland Feb. 23 asking if she'd like to be Yarmuth's guest for the president's address.
"I started crying," Nunn said during a Feb. 25 phone interview with The Record, newspaper of the Archdiocese of Louisville. "I never thought I'd get such an opportunity, but it couldn't have come at a better time."
Nunn was already set to be one of a dozen Assumption juniors and seniors taking part in a mission trip to Washington. The group visited the Sisters of Mercy, who founded Assumption High School, to learn about social advocacy and the sisters' core values.
Yarmuth said during a phone interview Feb. 27 that members of the Democratic Caucus wanted to invite someone like Nunn, who has an interest in immigration, to be their guest during Trump's address.
"Over the last couple of decades, there's been a developing sense that government isn't important, doesn't work well or doesn't affect people's lives directly," the congressman said.