Cobb County student interviews Barack and Michelle Obama

COBB COUNTY, Ga. — A Cobb County girl is living her dream. Cami Cortes-Merchant just finished the eighth grade and she can already check interviewing a world leader off of her bucket list.

Cami, a student of Hightower Trail Middle School, got the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to interview former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

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Scoring an interview with a former president and first lady is something not many young journalists, and many veteran journalists, can say they’ve done.

Cami was named a student reporter for Scholastic Kids coverage in their program “News for Kids, By Kids.”


Her virtual interview with the Obamas focused on the new Netflix show they are executive producing called “We The People.”

“We the People,” which premiered its ten-episode first season on Netflix on the Fourth of July, focuses on sharing “the basics of rights and citizenship with upbeat songs by popular artists,” according to the synopsis. Each episode is just four to five minutes long and focuses on a different subject matter.

Cami says her love for journalism comes from her love for people.

“I love informing people and helping them better understand the world,” her Scholastic reporter profile reads.

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But if you end up not seeing Cami’s byline someday, it may be because she went with her other career path option: an astronaut.

Get some behind the scenes info on “We the People” and watch Cami’s interview here.