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Via Lansing State Journal

Maureen Groppe

President Barack Obama listens to Spencer Ottarson, 19, center, and Julie Xu, 17, right, both from Williamston as they explain their 'Offshore Rip Current Alert System (ORCA), Monday during the White House Science Fair on the East Garden of the White House in Washington.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama Monday said the country needs to honor young scientists — such as the Williamston High School students who invented a rip tide warning device — just as much as it celebrates athletes and musicians.

"We want you to know that you've got a whole country behind you as you pursue your dreams," Obama told the dozens of students gathered for the White House Science Fair. The event celebrates student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math competitions from across the nation.

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