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Anthem boy back in national spotlight

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A teenager from Anthem is back in the national spotlight. Joey Hudy first grabbed President Barack Obama's attention with a science experiment. Now he's been invited to sit with the first lady at the president's State of the Union speech Tuesday night.

Hudy is already in Washington, DC, for the big event. We caught up with Joey and his mom on Skype, and both of them are counting the hours.

"We're just really excited and it's such an honor to have your son be named to sit in the box at the State of the Union. I mean, come on," said Judy Hudy.

The 16-year-old first shot to fame back in 2012, when he attended the White House science fair. Joey and Obama took turns using the device he invented, the "extreme marshmallow cannon," and launched a marshmallow across the East Room.

Joey then handed the president a card with his favorite saying, "Don't be bored. Make something."

Two years later, Joey still lives by his motto. He goes to school at Herberger's Young Scholars Academy for gifted students. He also just started as Intel's youngest intern. "It's amazing. I've only been on-site for one day, so far but it's pretty cool. It's a neat experience and I can't wait for the summertime," said Joey.

For now, Joey is enjoying his time in the capital. When asked what he plans of saying to the first lady, Joey said, "I don't know. I probably should be thinking about that honestly."

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