Help Booker T. Washington High School win a visit & commencement speech from President Barack Obama

President Obama

President Obama will provide the commencement speech to the winner of a national "Race To The Top" challenge. Booker T. Washington High School is one of only six schools in the finalist phase of the contest.

Congratulations to the students and staff at Booker T. Washington High School for being one of six finalists in the Race to the Top Commencement Challenge. Booker T. Washington was chosen as a finalist from thousands of entries. Less than 600 applicants met the Challenge’s rigorous criteria, making Booker T. Washington’s “top six finalist” status all the more impressive!

The Race To the Top Commencement Challenge is a national competition for public high schools across the country to demonstrate how their school best prepares students for college and a career. The winner of the challenge will be honored to have President Barack Obama as the commencement speaker at their 2011 commencement ceremony.

The Commencement Challenge required schools to submit an application, an essay, and statistical information that illustrated how their school promotes college and career readiness for all students, while establishing a culture of student success and academic excellence.

You can help Booker T. Washington High School win this prestigious honor by rating their video and essay. Rating starts today at 7:00 a.m. and ends next Friday, April 29, at 10:59 p.m. To rate the video and learn more about the contest, visit http://www.whitehouse.gov/commencement

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