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North County Student Jack Andraka is First Lady's Guest at State of the Union

The student has taken his talents from the classroom in Glen Burnie to the White House.

Local viewers of President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address on Tuesday night may recognize a face in the crowd, as North County High School student Jack Andraka will be in attendance.

Andraka, 16, made a huge splash in 2012 with his invention of a paper-based sensor that can help more accurately and efficiently detect pancreatic cancer—a feat that won him first place in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, plus the attention of several patent-seeking companies.

He has since been featured in several publications, including Smithsonian Magazine, and was the subject of a short film called You Don't Know Jack by famed documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock.

First Lady Michelle Obama invited Andraka to the address as a representative for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, according to a statement from the White House press office.

Live updates and Patch coverage on the State of the Union can be seen here:

President Obama Lays Out State of Union

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