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Try the President's Commencement Challenge

Posted: 02/15/11 12:51 PM ET

The Race to the Top Commencement challenge is back and we're asking public high school students from across the country to tell us about ways their school is preparing them for college and a career. In return, we'll make sure one high school has a graduation they'll never forget -- including a commencement address by President Obama himself.

President Obama and our Administration believe education is key to winning the future. In order to ensure our long-term economic success, we need to focus on out-educating and out-competing the world. That means helping to prepare students today for the jobs of tomorrow. It means equipping students with the skills they'll need to succeed in the 21st Century economy -- encouraging them to be creative, to solve problems, to work together to design solutions to important problems. The Race to the Top Commencement Challenge is just one of the many ways we're encouraging young people to actively engage in their educational success.

Last year, over 1,000 schools applied. This year, we hope to continue encouraging applications from students from across the country. We're accepting applications until Friday, February 25 at www.whitehouse.gov/commencement. Apply today and don't miss this opportunity to have an unforgettable high school commencement.