A student from Hawaii will be in the audience when President Barack Obama delivers his final State of the Union address Tuesday.
La Pietra Hawaii School for Girls graduate and current American University student Sierra Schmitz will accompany Sen. Mazie Hirono, D, Hawaii, in Washington, D.C.
Sierra Schmitz grew up on Hawaii Island and Oahu. She is currently a sophomore, studying International Studies with a focus on global environmental sustainability and communications.
“While a quality education is an important key to success in today’s economy, college costs continue to skyrocket. Sierra, who is paying her own way through American University with the help of federal programs such as Pell Grants, and students like her are why I will continue to fight to ensure that everyone can afford a quality education,” said Senator Hirono. “Students like Sierra are emblematic of the American ideal that with hard work, initiative, and ingenuity, one can achieve success. Inviting Sierra to participate in the State of the Union will help to show the American people the face of our future.”
Schmitz will dine with Hirono prior to the address, and will watch the State of the Union from the House of Representatives gallery. Each senator is permitted to bring one guest to the State of the Union address.
After graduation, Schmitz hopes to pursue a career in environmental protection and preservation.