Madu Eneli, the Harker Heights teenager and Union Grove Middle School student who recently published his first book “Am I Ready For Middle School,” will participate in a nationally televised student town hall event Sunday as part of NBC News’ 2012 Education Nation Summit in New York City.

Eneli was chosen to participate when NBC researchers saw a news article about him on the Internet, NBC representative Tammy Leach said.

“Through due-diligence, we talked about it and decided to contact him,” she said.

NBC interviewed Eneli on the phone for about 15 minutes, his mother, Aya Eneli, said.

“They must have liked what he said, because they invited him to go (to the summit.)”

For participating, Eneli received an all-expenses paid trip to New York City for himself and a chaperone.

The student town hall will be broadcast on MSNBC from 9 to 11 a.m. Sunday as part of an education-focused edition of “The Melissa Harris-Perry Show.” The program will be broadcast from the New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman building.

Education Nation seeks to create thoughtful dialogue with policymakers, thought-leaders, educators, parents and the public in the shared goal of providing Americans with the best education in the world, according to NBC News. The summit brings together more than 300 of the country’s “thought leaders” in education, government, business, philanthropy and media to discuss the challenges, potential solutions and innovations spanning the education landscape.

“By providing quality information to the public, NBC News hopes to provide information to Americans so they can make decisions about how best to improve our education system both in the near and long terms, and to shine a spotlight on one of the most urgent national issues of our time,” a news release said.

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