Olive Branch child participates in White House Easter egg hunt

By Chip Washington - bio | email

OLIVE BRANCH, MS (WMC-TV) - Olive Branch resident Sydney Ballard, 7, had an experience Monday that most children her age will never get to share.  Monday morning, Ballard found herself on the lawn of the White House in Washington for the annual Easter egg hunt.

Tuesday, her mother described the selection process.

"My aunt and I both went on line and submitted," Shelia Ballard said. "She called me and said you have three days to submit an application.  It just so happened she won."

As a winner, Ballard received tickets for two adults and four children. Once in Washington, families were given a two hour window in which to enter the White House grounds and enjoy the festivities.

While at the White House, Sydney saw many familiar faces.

"We saw a lot of activities and we saw the first grandmother, the First Lady, and the President," she said. "But we didn't get to see Sasha and Malia."

In addition to the egg roll, face painting and meeting the cast of the hit TV show Glee, Sydney came home with other goodies. Those included her official pass, a souvenir egg, and a back pack.

"I think they're really gonna be jealous, and most of them already think that I am a lucky duck," she said.

Sydney said it was a trip she would not soon forget.

"It was the best time of my life," she said.

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