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Oregon Tech Student to Attend State of the Union Address as First Lady’s Guest

Lydia Doza (pictured right) is currently a junior in Software Engineering at Oregon Institute of Technology and advocate for STEM- Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics. Miss Doza is an ambassador for young Native Americans who encourages youth to get involved in science. She is one of 23 guests invited to attend President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union address tonight at 9pm. Some of the other guests joining Miss Doza and the First Lady Michelle Obama in the First Lady’s box include Dr. Jill Biden, and Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President.

The White House Office of Legislative Affairs notes that, “the individuals who will be seated in the guest box of First Lady Michelle Obama represent the progress we have made since the President first delivered this speech seven years ago – from the brink of a second Great Depression and two costly wars to an economy that is growing and renewed American leadership abroad. Their stories – of struggle and success – highlight where we have been and where America is going in the future, building on the best of what our country has to offer. The guests personify President Obama’s time in office and most importantly, they represent who we are as Americans: inclusive and compassionate, innovative and courageous.”

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About Heidi DeGarmo, South-Metro Salem STEM Webmaster (137 Articles)
Heidi DeGarmo is a senior at OregonTech majoring in IT-Health Informatics. As a combat veteran it is a passion of hers to pay it forward. The South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership (SMSP) is a collaboration of school districts, community colleges, universities, out-of-school programs and business and community partners that is focused on increasing student access and success in STEM fields.