The Commencement Challenge: Obama to Speak at Winners’ High School Graduation

Feb 1, 2011 1:24pm

ABC News' Jordyn Phelps reports:

For the second year, President Obama is challenging public high school students to compete for an opportunity to have him speak at their 2011 graduation commencement as part of the administration’s “Race to the Top” Commencement Challenge.

"The winning school will understand that their number one priority is making sure that our kids are learning what they need to succeed in this 21st century economy,” President Obama said in announcing the contest again this year.

“I’m looking for the school that’s doing the best job of preparing students for college and careers,” President Obama said in a written statement today announcing the competition.

1000 schools participated in last year’s competition, which Kalamazoo Central High School in Michigan won. The president spoke, as promised, during the school’s graduation.

Viacom and the Get Schooled Foundation partnered with the White House in launching the commencement challenge.

-Jordyn Phelps


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