Local college student to be guest at State of the Union

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PALATINE, Ill. -- President Obama will deliver his annual State of the Union address tomorrow and as always, there are some special guests in the audience who typically deliver on some specific message of the president's.

One such guest will be Homira Wardak, a 19-year-old Sophomore from Palatine’s Harper College.

Homira is essentially living on her own after her mother was deployed to Afghanistan as a  linguist 3 years ago. Homira wants to become a doctor and a plan to give two free years of community college sounds  like something Homira could have liked to use herself to ease the burdens at home.

Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth has invited the college student to be her guest as the president proposes twofree years of community college for all.

The Chicago nonprofit organization One Million Degrees is helping Homira weather the storm financially and emotionally as she puts herself through school and keeps things running at home with her sister and brother.

Homira's siblings are also pre-med and pre-law. They are doing it alone with the help of the non-profit, giving them support with tutoring, mentoring, coaching and financial assistance.


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