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The Journal Gazette

Monday, February 27, 2017 2:00 pm

Columbia City teen to attend Trump's address to Congress

Brian Francisco | The Journal Gazette

Rep. Jim Banks, R-3rd, will take a high school student as his guest for President Donald Trump's address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night.

Banks' office said he will be accompanied by James Romano, 16, a Columbia City native who attends Canterbury High School in Fort Wayne. 

Romano said in a statement from Banks' office, "This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to have a front row seat to history.”

Romano "has shown an acute interest in the political process," Banks' office said, and he and Banks share an interest in Thomas Riley Marshall, a Columbia City resident who was the U.S. vice president from 1913 to 1921. 

Romano, the son of Anthony and Jennifer Romano, writes for his high school's newspaper and is involved in student government. He is traveling to Washington and back by train.

Trump will speak to Congress at 9 p.m. Tuesday.