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Published February 09, 2012, 10:17 PM

Hankinson senior has chance to meet President Obama

Hankinson, ND (WDAY TV) - A high school student in Hankinson, North Dakota has had a week like no other. One phone call with an invitation to a science fair in Washington DC has changed Tanner Coppin's life forever.

A high school student in Hankinson, North Dakota has had a week like no other. One phone call with an invitation to a science fair in Washington DC has changed Tanner Coppin's life forever.

Tanner Coppin looks like any normal kid in science class studying with his peers, but he has done something none of his friends could ever imagine doing.

Tanner Coppin – Hankinson Senior: “You really didn't realize it until you were on the steps of the White House, that this really was true.”

Just days ago Coppin was one of 100 students from across the United States and the only one from North Dakota shaking hands with President Obama.

Tanner Coppin: “It was so quick, it was like what really happened, you are on the plane there and earlier that day you were shaking the Presidents hand, so it is quite the different feeling.”

This project that Tanner completed, where he was testing natural pesticides and there effect on the environment, is what got him to the White House.

Tanner Coppin: “It is nice to feel that your work is paying off and your accomplished.”

Marcus Friskop – Hankinson Science Teacher: “From the White House they said they loved his project mainly because of that agriculture/environmental situation.”

Coppin's science teacher Marcus Friskop was one of the first to find out the exciting news. He is still in shock that this could happen to one of his students.

Marcus Friskop: “Here sits a kid a month earlier working on killing black cut worms to see how natural pesticides are affecting the growth of the black cut worm, and a month later he is shaking his hand of the president of the United States.”

That shock is still running through Tanner’s mind. He is not only left with an unforgettable memory in his life, but also with many firsts to add to his list. First flight, first time traveling without his family, and who could forget the first and maybe only time meeting a United States President for doing what he loves the most: science .

Tanner Coppin: “You can’t really put it into words an opportunity like that.”

To top it off, Coppin's trip was all expenses paid.

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