The White House uses Mrs. Obama's seating area in the chamber of
the House of Representatives during her husband's annual speech to
Congress to highlight people and issues that are important to her
and the administration.
A Washington, D.C., teacher and the youngest intern at Intel Corp
will also join the first lady, Vice President Joe Biden's wife, Dr.
Jill Biden, and senior adviser Valerie Jarrett in the box on
Tuesday, the White House said.
Below are the names and descriptions of the guests the White House
has released so far:
1. Carlos Arredondo and Jeff Bauman of Boston
Arredondo, wearing a white cowboy hat, was photographed helping a
severely injured Bauman during last year's bombing of the Boston
Marathon. The picture became a hopeful symbol of the devastating
attack. Bauman lost both of his legs. The two men have become close
friends, the White House said.
2. Gary Bird, fire chief in Moore, Oklahoma
Bird led the rescue response to the tornado, which struck Moore,
killing 25 people including children. "Fire Chief Gary Bird
represents all of those who rallied together to help the community
of Moore, Oklahoma — firefighters, police officers, teachers,
neighbors — in its greatest time of need," the White House said.
3. Jason Collins, basketball player
Veteran basketball player Jason Collins announced last year that he
was gay. A 12-year player in the National Basketball Association, he
became the first active athlete from any of the four major U.S.
men's professional sports leagues to come out publicly as gay.
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4. Joey Hudy, 16, intern at Intel Corp
Hudy met President Obama when he was 14 at a White House science
fair in 2012 and impressed him with his "extreme marshmallow
cannon." Now 16, he is the youngest intern at U.S. chip manufacturer
5. Kathy Hollowell-Makle, a teacher in Washington, D.C.
Hollowell-Makle was the 2013 District of Columbia public school
teacher of the year. "By the school year's end, more than 90 percent
of her students demonstrate early literacy at proficient or advanced
levels and last year, more than 80 percent of her students advanced
two or more reading levels," the White House said.
(Reporting by Jeff Mason; editing by Steve Orlofsky)
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