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Joey Hudy, 16, revealed the White House announcement on his blog Monday. (Source: Joey Hudy blog) Joey Hudy, 16, revealed the White House announcement on his blog Monday. (Source: Joey Hudy blog)
(Source: Joey Hudy blog) (Source: Joey Hudy blog)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

A 16-year-old Phoenix high school student who amazed President Barack Obama with his marshmallow cannon in February 2012 will be among the guests seated with First Lady Michelle Obama during the president's State of the Union speech Tuesday night.

Joey Hudy, 16, revealed the White House announcement on his blog Monday.

"Yea, I can finally tell my secret," Hudy wrote on his blog. "I am honored to announce that I will be sitting in Mrs. Obama's box during the State of the Union."

Hudy, of Anthem, was a participant in a 2012 science fair at the White House, where he helped the president use his invention, the "extreme marshmallow cannon."

In October, Hudy became the youngest participant in semiconductor chip maker Intel Corp.'s internship program.

He's a proponent of science, technology, engineering and math education, the White House said in a statement.

The editors of Brilliant.org recently named Hudy "one of the 10 smartest kids in the world."

He is considered a champion "maker," a member of a contemporary culture defined by individuals who use technology as an extension of the do-it-yourself (DIY) culture.

Other Arizonans invited to sit in the First Lady's box are Cory and Craig Remsburg. U.S. Army Ranger Sergeant First Class Cory Remsburg has met President Obama on three separate occasions - once overseas and twice since a roadside bomb in Kandahar, Afghanistan on his 10th deployment left him in a coma for three months, partially paralyzed and brain-damaged.

He currently endures six hours of occupational, physical and speech therapy per day, and his father, Craig, along with Cory's step-mom Annie, are caretakers by Cory Remsburg's side as he continues his recovery.

Cristian Avila, 23, was brought to the U.S. with his younger brother and sister when he was 9 years old. Cristian became an All-American scholar by seventh grade and received a full scholarship to a private Jesuit high school. Still, he was limited by his undocumented status.

He received temporary relief from deportation through Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals last year. The 23-year-old Arizona resident started volunteering with Mi Familia Vota, a non-profit Latino civic engagement program, at the age of 16, and he was one of the core fasters in the Fast for Families demonstration late last year at the foot of the Capitol

After 22 days, he passed on the fast to others but has continued to push Congress to take up comprehensive immigration reform. Cristian hopes to one day join the U.S. Marine Corps.

For years, Amanda Shelley, a 37-year-old physician assistant from Gilbert, AZ, was unable to get insurance because of a pre-existing condition. That all changed on Jan. 1, because of the Affordable Care Act.

Two days later, Shelley began having severe pain in her abdomen, which at first she ignored - something she was used to doing because she was previously uninsured. The next day, when the pain became too much to bear, she went to the emergency room and eventually had emergency abdominal surgery.  

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