Michelle Obama’s State of the Union Guests

Michelle Obama's State of the Union guest list this year includes survivors of the Boston Marathon bombings, a gay NBA player, and an Oklahoma fire chief, among others.

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NBA veteran Jason Collins, left, marches in Boston's gay pride parade on Saturday, June 8, 2013, in Boston. Collins, the first active player in one of four major U.S. professional sports leagues to come out as gay, has been invited tosit with first lady Michelle Obamap during this year's State of the Union address.
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Joey Hudy of Phoenix, Ariz., launched a marshmallow from Hudy's "Extreme Marshmallow Cannon" during a tour of the White House Science Fair in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, DC, February 7, 2012. Obama announced new policies to recruit and support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teacher programs, including requesting $80 million in his upcoming budget for teacher preparation, with the goal of training one million additional STEM students over the next decade. Hudy, now 16, has also been named a guest.
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Boston Marathon bombing victim Jeff Bauman holds the hand of Carlos Arredondo, the man who came to his aid immediately following the explosions, before being wheeled out to the pitchers mound to throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the interleague game between the Boston Red Sox and the Philadelphia Phillies on May 28, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. The two will sit with Michelle Obama during the president's speech.
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City of Moore
Oklahoma fire chief Gary Bird has been invited as a guest due to his resilience and leadership during last year's EF5 tornado that hit the city of Moore. According to a White House statement, he "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."
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Kathy Hollowell-Makle was named DCPS 2013 Teacher of the Year after 15 years of teaching in the district. She teaches at Abram Simon Elementary in Southeast Washington, D.C., and has been recognized for exceptional results in her teaching career: At the end of the year, 90 percent of her students show early literacy at proficient or advanced levels and last year, more than 80 percent of her students advanced two or more reading levels. She will sit with the First Lady during the address.
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