KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) - The votes are in, and now Kalamazoo Central is one of three highschool finalists to have President Obama as their commencementspeaker.
Earlier this week, supporters
Six high schools were in line for the voting. Kalamazoo Centralwas among the top three vote getters. The other two are ClarkMontessori Junior and Senior High School in Cincinnati and DenverSchool of Science and Technology.
The president will make the final choice, and the announcementwill be made on May 4.
Applications were judged based on the school's performance, fouressay questions and supplemental data.
The White House said finalists were selected for theirdedication to academic excellence and for showing how they arehelping prepare students to graduate college, become career ready,and able to meet the president's goal of having the highestproportion of college graduates in the world by 2020.
The White House said over 170,000 online votes were cast for thesix schools. The contest is part of the President's Race to the Topeducation initiative.
"We're what he's talking about when he speaks about hiseducation plan and about getting schools and preparing schools andpreparing their students for college and careers in general," saidKalamazoo Central senior Machlin Fink, "and we're on thattrajectory to make our students more college ready, more careerready."
On Saturday, the president will give the commencementaddress at the University of Michigan.
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