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Fayette Co. sixth grader invited to White House


Recently First Lady Michelle Obama hosted the second annual "Kids' State Dinner" at the White House and for the second year in a row a Fayette County student was on hand all because of something they cooked up.

Recently First Lady Michelle Obama hosted the second annual "Kids' State Dinner" at the White House and for the second year in a row a Fayette County student was on hand all because of something they cooked up.

Like most students, 11-year-old Regan Strehl has been enjoying her summer break, but a piece of mail that arrived at her house from the White House is what really made her summer break something extra special this year.

"You always hear about them on T.V. and in the newspaper, but you never get to see them in person so it was very exciting meeting them, they are very funny," said Regan Strehl.

Strehl was one of 53 students to meet the President and First Lady, Barack and Michelle Obama. The soon to be middle school student won the chance to attend the second annual “Kids State Dinner” at the White House, by competing in the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge where she had to cook up a healthy and affordable recipe.

"We got the email that said congratulations you have won for your state of Kentucky! We were jumping up and down and screaming we did it and we were telling everyone, mom has even told people in the store," said Strehl.

A budding baker, Strehl submitted a recipe that is near and dear to her heart.

"I entered bran muffins. We actually got the recipe from my grandmother."

Strehl who was recently diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes took the family recipe and reworked it to lower the carb count and make it more diabetes friendly.

"It took a couple of attempts, it tasted nasty a couple of times."

The final product though, was a winner and her bran muffins are now famous, being published right alongside 52 other yummy recipes from students all across the country.

Now it’s back to the kitchen, most aspiring chefs dream of cooking up their latest creation for someone special, Regan Strehl already has.

Strehl says she is happy to be a role model to help other children be healthier and fight diabetes. She says one day she hopes to be a child psychologist and keep baking as a hobby.

To download a list of all the winning recipes click on the link below.


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