Governor hosts local youngster, highlights unique program

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Pictured at last week’s State of the State gathering in Lansing are (from left): Danielle Nelson (Jeremiah's mom), Stacy Nelson (Jeremiah’s dad), Jeremiah, his brother Samuel (a first-grader at  Central Lake), Governor Rick Snyder, Paige Smith and Jason Kromm of the Petoskey Robotics Team, and Matt Cary representing the Central Lake Public Schools Robotics Team.

LANSING – “Go Baby Go!” And go, little Jeremiah Nelson did, right down the center aisle of the House Chamber in his custom robotics car last Wednesday night, where Michigan Governor Rick Snyder met the young Central Lake resident and his family during Snyder's last formal State of the State address.

An avid fan of the state's FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) teams, Snyder had reportedly heard about the implementation of a local "GoBabyGo" project to provide children with disabilities with motorized robotic cars undertaken a few weeks earlier by a joint Central Lake/Petoskey high school robotics program.

Snyder had been so impressed with the project that he invited the Nelson family and robotics representatives to be his special guests at his final address as the state’s governor.

Jeremiah, age 2, was born with spina bifida, which limits his abilities to crawl or walk.

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