White House Garden Ceremony & Conroe Connection
“Melania Trump gave a splashy launch Monday (May 7, 2018) to her public awareness campaign to help children, calling it Be Best,” so wrote the Associated Press in the Houston Chronicle. “In a rare twist on their White House roles, she commanded the Rose Garden lectern while President Donald Trump watched from the audience.” The first lady said the “Be Best” campaign will “focus on childhood well-being, social media use and opioid abuse.”
Little did most of us realize that one of the ceremony attendees had a Conroe, Texas connection. She is Hazel Stephens, pictured below with Melania Trump, the oldest daughter and one of six children of Dennis and Carie Stephens. Hazel is eighteen years-old and will graduate from high school this spring. She and her siblings have been home-schooled in Falls Church, Virginia. Her teacher is her mother, a graduate of George Washington University with a Masters Degree. Hazel’s father is Dennis Stephens, a 1977 graduate of Conroe High School and a 1985 graduate of the University of Texas with a Political Science Degree. Her favorite uncle is Randy Stephens, a Conroe High School graduate class of 1979. Hazel is a registered Republican in Virginia and a proud President Trump supporter.
Hazel’s parents met while Dennis was Texas Congressman Dick Armey’s Legislative Director and Carie was an intern in the same office. Her grandparents are Chuck and May Stephens. Chuck passed away in 2001. May resides in Conroe. She has served as a Republican Precinct Chairman and presently serves as a volunteer in the County Republican Headquarters.