'I could not have expected this in a million years': Wake teen to open for Biden during NC visit

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June 23, 2021

"A Wake County native will deliver a speech alongside Governor Cooper on Thursday during President Biden's visit to North Carolina to encourage COVID-19 vaccinations.

"When I found that and I got those details from the White House, I could not contain myself and what that meant for me," Ive said from her Durham home Wednesday.

ABC11 met Ive earlier this month at Durham's McDougald Terrace community; she was handing out masks, sunglasses and COVID-19 vaccine information as part of her "Bring Back Summer" campaign.

The Princeton student and Apex Friendship High School graduate partnered with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

She'll be speaking along with Governor Cooper as President Biden visits Raleigh Thursday to try and drum up more support for the COVID-19 vaccine.

"I don't even know if validation is the right word because in my mind this is beyond a recognition of what I was able to do," Ive said, she handed out more than 50,000 masks during the six stops she made at public housing communities this summer. "It takes a lot of faith, a lot of trust in a person to tell you 'Oh, we'd like to try and introduce the leader of this country.'" "

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