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Volunteers Help Make First Lady Stop in NC Flow Smoothly

By Jaime McCutcheon
Published On: Sep 19 2012 10:30:59 PM CDT
Updated On: Sep 19 2012 10:52:57 PM CDT

NewsChannel 12's Jaime McCutcheon reports.

PITT COUNTY -

Close to 6,000 people filled Minges Coliseum in Greenville Wednesday to watch First Lady Michelle Obama address the crowd at a campaign rally.

It takes a lot of work to get all those people in and out of the coliseum, and that's where dozens of volunteers came in. ECU nursing student Alexis Quinones was one of those volunteers. She says the university sent out an email this week asking for students to volunteer, and she responded.

"It's a once in a lifetime thing, that's exactly why I came out here. I will never get this opportunity again."

Quinones' job was to take tickets from attendees. Her friend, Alyson Courtney, was also there to count the tickets. Both were excited to hear the First Lady speak.

"I hope it's really uplifting for us and kind of gets us moving. There's a lot of people, a lot of supporters, and I know they're really excited to see her speak, especially after her last speech that was a real hit too," said Quinones.

Courtney added, "I did watch her speak at the Democratic National Convention, and I was so empowered, and I really want to hear more from her."

Michelle Obama talked about many issues at Wednesday's speech, including her husband's values, improvements in the economy in the last four years, keeping financial aid for college students and Obama's health care reform.

Mrs. Obama also stayed for about 15-20 minutes after her speech to shake hands and talk with people in the crowd.