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Jan 24, 2011 9:26 PM by Angela Douglas (Billings)

Billings student to attend State of the Union address

It's an honor only a very select few ever receive: a seat in the First Lady's box at the State of the Union address.

Mikayla Nelson, 15, a freshman at Central High School in Billings, has received such an honor and will fly to D.C. on Tuesday morning to attend the event.

Mikayla received an unexpected phone call from the White House last Tuesday, inviting her to sit with First Lady Michelle Obama at the State of the Union address. Mikayla is one of just 23 guests on the list.

While this high school freshman is shocked by the invite, this isn't her first time at the White House.

Nelson met President Barack Obama last October at the White House Science Fair after she and her teammate from Will James Middle School won top design at the National Science Bowl for a super-light mini electric race car.

Nelson says meeting the President was a major event for her and she's amazed she has another opportunity to visit D.C.

"I didn't expect to go back," admits Nelson. "The first time was an amazing experience, but to go back a second time is a huge honor."

In addition to attending the State of the Union address, Nelson will also meet with the Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, the President's Science Advisor, John Holdren, and Montana's U.S. Senators Max Baucus and Jon Tester.

Also on the First Lady's guest list is Daniel Hernandez, the intern who helped save the life of Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords; the parents of Christina Taylor Green, the youngest victim in the Tuscon shooting; and a number of others involved in the shooting.

The State of the Union address airs Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

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