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After hearing the President reference her school, the 110-year-old J.V. Martin Junior High School in South Carolina, in his first White House news conference, 8th-grader Ty’Sheoma Bethea wrote a letter pleading with lawmakers to address the dire situation the President described.

Tonight Ty’Sheoma will attend the President's first address to a joint session of Congress as a guest in First Lady Michelle Obama's box in the House of Representatives.

Leonard Abess Jr., a banker in Miami who shared $60 million in profits with his employees, will also attend, along with Geneva Lawson -- one of the recipients of Abess's generosity.