2 Coloradans To Sit With First Lady At State Of The Union

Student Mahala Greer, Chemist Lorelei Kilker Invited To D.C.

Two people from Colorado have been invited to sit with first lady Michelle Obama at Tuesday's State of the Union address.

CU Denver student Mahala Greer, analytical chemist Lorelei Kilker and 19 others were invited to sit with Mrs. Obama and Dr. Jill Biden.

Greer met President Barack Obama in October. She introduced the president when he spoke to students at CU Denver about reducing student loan debt.

Student loans are an issue for Greer. When she graduates in May, she will have more than $35,000 in student loans, according to the White House.

Chemist Lorelei Kilker was part of class action lawsuit to secure equal wages for women. In October, Western Sugar agreed to pay Kilker and the rest of the class $550,000, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Other guests include San Antonio Mayor Julia Castro, the youngest mayor of a top 50 American city; teacher Sara Ferguson of Pennsylvania, who is working for no pay because of budget cuts; and Captain Mark Kelly, an astronaut and husband of Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

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