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Tampa, Florida - Friday the 13th turns into a lucky day for a group of 9th graders at Blake High School.  

"We met the President! How many other people can say they did that today?" says 9th grader Brian Bonilla.

Eleven students from Blake's Marine Science Academy get a front row seat to see President Obama during his visit at the Port of Tampa. Brian says, "Oh, it was amazing. You feel the energy in the room. Only less than 200 people in the room and you feel it rushing into you."

As the President steps off the stage he walks toward the students and shakes their hands.

Malik Alford is the first one to shake the President's hand. "I had my camera to his face and he said, 'Put that camera down and shake my hand.' I was scared at first... then I shook his hand and I got excited," says Malik.

You'd think this would be the toughest ticket in town to get. Not for this class. All they had to do was, "ask. It was as easy as that," says James Williams.

The students asked the right person -- US Representative Kathy Castor -- during a class visit on Wednesday. Castor stopped by Blake to learn more about the school's Maritime program.

The Maritime and Marine Science Academy is a new program at Blake this year. The program teaches students the skills they need and the job opportunities they can find right here in the Bay area.

Some students learned a thing or two about trade from listening to the President's speech. James says, "Most of our jobs here are to make things in the US to get to other countries."

They all say from now on, every Friday the 13th will feel a bit luckier.

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