Newark school among 6 vying for Obama speech

April 21, 2011 8:24:34 AM PDT
A Newark high school is one of six finalists in a nationwide contest to have President Barack Obama deliver its graduation speech.

Science Park High School has been chosen from hundreds of applicants all vying to win the "Race to the Top High School Commencement Challenge."

Internet voting to pick the final three schools begins Thursday.

Eight days from now, President Obama himself will choose the winner from the top three. Then, he will deliver the commencement speech for that school.

In its second year, the Race to the Top High School Commencement Challenge invited the nation's public high schools to demonstrate how their school best prepares them for college and a career.

Those interested in voting can go to to watch the videos and make a selection.

The other finalists are: Bridgeport High School in Bridgeport, Wash.; Wayne Early Middle College High School in Goldsboro, N.C.; Booker T. Washington High School in Memphis, Tenn.; Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12, School for Creative and Performing Arts in Pittsburgh; and High Tech High International in San Diego.

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