KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) - Kalamazoo Central High School students are trying to wooPresident Barack Obama to town as the commencement speaker.
Supporters held a rally Wednesday at the corner of Main Streetand Drake Road to raise awareness of the school's campaign, 'VoteKalamazoo.'
"This (rally) is our last big push with a little over 24 hoursto go," Kalamazoo Central senior Machlin Fink said.
"It's a good way of supporting a Michigan high school ingeneral, but then also having the president at the graduation is ahuge way of motivating like, our whole school and hopefully, all ofKalamazoo," Central senior Bri Clements said.
Voting closes at 11:59 p.m. Thursday. The three schools thatreceive the most votes will move on to the next round, and fromthere, Obama has the final say.
Michigan could be a key state for Obama to choose because helikely will want to boost support for the Democrats, and that meanskeeping the State House in Democratic control and making an effortto turn the Senate over to a Democratic majority, 24 Hour News 8political reporter Rick Albin said.
Local politicians hope the students hard work pays off.
"We're just excited," Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby Hopewell said. "I'mexcited to be out here with them and trying to get everybody tovote "5" for Kalamazoo."
There is no way of knowing which school is in the lead, butstudents hope people will cast their ballots for Central.
"(It's) all about trying to show everyone how important they areand how important education is, and that's a great thing," Hopewellsaid.
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