Obama Offers Himself as a Prize to High School Seniors


barack-obama-talkingMove over end-of-year pizza party. President Barack Obama is showing high schools what a real prize is for student achievement. He’s offering himself.

Yes, you read that right. The White House has unveiled a new contest for American high schools vying to improve student achievement.

Dubbed the Race to the Top High School Commencement Challenge, The White House is pairing with the Department of Education to solicit essays from high school students, signed off on by their principals. The kids who do the best job on four essay questions focused on “demonstrating how the school is helping prepare students to meet the President’s 2020 goal of having the highest proportion of college graduates in the world” will secure a visit from the president himself to speak at graduation.

In all my years of covering graduation for the local paper, I’ve heard some really bad speeches. I don’t remember most of them. But a speech by the president himself is bound to send even the most soporific senior bouncing out of the gymnasium/auditorium ready to take on the world.

The contest is open until the ides of March, and they need video documentation of your school too – so whether your kid is a writer or just good with a Flip cam, time to get them to work.

Image: SEIU International, Flickr

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