Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Contest ~ Commencement Speaker

Official presidential portrait of Barack Obama...Image via Wikipedia

The deadline is fast approaching. Monday, March 15, 2010 at 11:59 pm EST is the last day to send in your application. If you would like President Obama to speak at your graduation, you have about 4 days to apply.

At the beginning of the school year, the President encouraged all students to study hard, take responsibility, and graduate. In an effort to encourage these actions, Race to the Top High School Commencement Challenge was formed to inspire students and provide an opportunity for you and your school to have the President be your commencement speaker.

The contest application has four essay questions. They are:
1. Describe what makes your school unique.
2. Describe how your school encourages personal responsibility and engages students.
3. Describe specific steps taken by your school to prepare all students to graduate ready for a college or career.
4. Describe specific steps taken by your school to promote academic excellence.
Your school can also submit a video to highlight its many qualities.

Only one application may be submitted per public high school and must be sent in by the principal using the commencement challenge application form. Six finalists will chosen and featured on the White House web site. The public will then vote for the top three. From those three, the President will choose one.

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