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18-year-old Iowa delegate heading to DNC

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51 Iowa delegates are set to go to the Democratic National Convention to support Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. One of the youngest ones going is 18-year-old Sruthi Palaniappan from Cedar Rapids. 

She'll be joining about 4,500 other delegates in Philadelphia.

Palaniappan is a Linn-Mar high school graduate who's headed to Harvard in the fall.

"This is a dream come true," said Palaniappan. "I've definitely wanted to go to the DNC ever since I've been involved with the campaign."

Palaniappan has immersed herself in the political world, working with legislators in Iowa and speaking with congressmen in Washington D.C. 

She has even met Secretary Hillary Clinton. 

"Be able to advocate for issues that are important to me, such as early childhood education," said Palaniappan. "Which is one thing that I believe is extremely crucial and is also a thing that Secretary Clinton heavily supports as well."

Palaniappan says she hopes her peers use their voice as well. 

"For a lot of young people they only believe that if you have the money, or those financial means, to contribute, that you're able to have an impact on policy," said Palaniappan. "Something that I think is so beautiful is that you're able to use your voice. You're able to use that. And share your opinion. And you're still able to project that and why you think something is so important."

Palaniappan is excited to meet students as young, with the same passion for politics at the DNC.  

"What I think is really important during the DNC is unifying our party to make sure that we are in the best position possible, ready to target the Republican party when we are fighting in the general election," said Palaniappan. 

She is flying out to Philadelphia tomorrow for the convention, but she says she doesn't plan on just stopping there. 

Palaniappan has her sights set on running for office one day.

The Democratic National Convention will go from Monday through Thursday.

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