Who Is Mikayla Nelson, Anyway (Besides Being Someone Obama Has Previously Compared To Einstein)?


Those viewers who tuned into President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address this evening noticed that the camera spent a (small) portion of tonight’s broadcast focusing on a young, glamorous blonde woman identified on television only as a High School Student. Curious as to who it is?

Well, according to KRTV.com, Mikayla Nelson, 15, is a freshman at Central High School in Billings, Montana. Just over one week ago, the avid science student got the word that she had been one of only 24 students to earn an invite to sit in proximity to First Lady Michelle Obama during the annual address. She quickly accepted the invite; who wouldn’t?

Interestingly enough, this isn’t clean energy enthusiast Mikayla’s first time hobnobbing with the Obamas. Back on October 18, Mikayla was photographed chatting with President Obama at the White House Science Fair, after which he described her as having similar qualities to “Einstein, Edison, Franklin, Tesla, and the founders of Google and Apple and Microsoft.” We’ve got a Mikayla Nelson photo gallery and some bonus interview footage from Whitehouse.gov for you below!

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Here’s video of her encounter with President Obama back in October, courtesy of Whitehouse.gov.

[Photo: Getty Images]

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