West Memphis native attends Joint Session of Congress

West Memphis native attends Joint Session of Congress

Barnes has opportunity to hear address from French President Emmanuel Macron


From Ryan Saylor WASHINGTON – Junior Malik Barnes of the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts in Hot Springs attended today’s address to a Joint Session of Congress by French President Emmanuel Macron.

Barnes, a native of West Memphis, Arkansas, is in Washington as part of the Greater Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce’s fly-in event. The annual fly-in gives leaders in the Hot Springs community the opportunity to meet one-on-one with leaders in the federal government and business to discuss issues of importance to the Garland County region.

“Words can't explain how honored I am to watch history unfold before my very eyes,” Barnes said prior to the speech. “I am very appreciative of this special invitation from Congressman Westerman, and I look forward to hearing President Macron’s remarks in person.”

“ASMSA is honored that Congressman Westerman would extend this special opportunity to Malik,” said ASMSA Director Corey Alderdice. “Our school believes in creating opportunities for students to engage with business and civic leaders. We invest in experiences for students such as the D.C. Fly-In so that they may embrace their roles as full participants in discussions on topics of both local and national importance.”

“The students of ASMSA are among the best and brightest in America,” Westerman said. “Each opportunity to engage with them is special and this week has been no different. I hope Malik’s experience in Washington – seeing President Macron address a Joint Session of Congress – impresses upon him America’s unique place in the world.”