White House Dangles Obama Commencement Speech

Public school voted tops will land president
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 26, 2010 7:16 PM CDT
The Answer Sheet - Vote on Obama's commencement speech contest
President Barack Obama speaks during a memorial service for the miners killed in the Upper Big Branch Mine, in Beckley, W.Va., Sunday, April 25, 2010.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

If your high school commencement speech was some guy from the Chamber of Commerce, the White House has a less nap-inducing alternative: The public school voted most dedicated to prepping its kids for college and career will get a graduation address from one Barack Obama. Six finalist schools are on the ballot, which is up for vote starting today as part of the administration's "Race to the Top."

Check out this page to watch 3-minute videos and read essays from the finalists. The page also outlines the criteria for winning, which are quite detailed and perhaps require more than a 3-minute video to judge, Valerie Strauss points out in the Washington Post—though she concedes that the administration's heart is in the right place. (More high school stories.)

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