Up Close and Personal at the State of the Union

Former D.C. Scholar Clayton Armstrong will be seated with the First Lady during tonight's address

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Clayton Armstrong's seat at tonight's State of the Union won't be too shabby. While most of us will have to check it out on TV, he'll have a slightly closer view: next to the First Lady. From the Washington Post

Clayton Armstrong, a freshman at the University of Arizona, received the mind-boggling phone call as he was walking out of his English 102 class. It was the White House on the line -- the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, to be precise. And Michael Block, a staff assistant, was inviting Armstrong to sit in the first lady's box on Wednesday evening at President Obama's first State of the Union address.

Armstrong, 18, grew up in the District and was one of nine students who participated in the White House's D.C. Scholars internship program last summer. He had been a minority among minorities in that first class of high school students recruited from the nation's capital. He was one of only two young men, and he had just graduated from one of the most disadvantaged schools in the country, Frank W. Ballou Senior High School.

Nice story. Check out the rest over on WaPo.

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