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The people sitting with Michelle Obama for State of the Union address
-- Gabriela Farfan of Madison, Wis., a 19-year-old geology major.
-- Anita Maltbia of Kansas City, Mo., who runs an urban environmental program that echoes Obama's vision of national urban policy.
-- Retired Army Spec. Scott Vycital of Fort Collins, Colo., who was partially paralyzed in Iraq and now works for the Federal Highway Administration after Obama signed an executive order making employing veterans a priority.
-- Ping Fu of Chapel Hill, N.C., a small-business owner who participates in a Small Business Administration research program.
-- Julia Frost of Jacksonville, N.C., a former Marine trumpeter studying to become a teacher at Coastal Carolina Community College with the help of the GI Bill.
-- Janell Kellett of Sun Prairie, Wis., a member of the Wisconsin Army National Guard and the Wisconsin Guard's volunteer of the year for 2009.
-- Jeffrey Brown of Philadelphia, the chief executive of the ShopRite supermarket chain.
-- Trevor Yager of Indianapolis, a small-business owner who supports the Recovery Act.
-- Juan Yepez of Lawrence, Mass., a small-business owner and Ecuador native who employs first-generation Americans in his electronics company.
-- Deborah Powell of Hugo, Okla., a Native American development specialist for the Housing Authority of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.