Broncos back Giants in Commencement Challenge
April 26, 2010
KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University is backing Kalamazoo Central High School's bid in the Race to the Top High School Commencement Challenge. K-Central is one of six finalists vying to have President Obama as its commencement speaker this spring.
Voting began today and continues through 11:59 p.m. Thursday, April 29, to narrow the field from six contestants to three. President Obama will choose from among those three schools, and the White House will announce the winner May 4.
"This is already an extraordinary honor for K-Central, our city, county and state," says WMU President John M. Dunn. "It is also a great honor for our University, which counts among its alumni more than 70 percent of the teachers and administrators in the Kalamazoo Public Schools."
Vote online at whitehouse.gov/commencement.
Each of the six schools submitted a student-produced, three-minute video. Voters are asked to rank the videos on a scale of five, with one being the lowest and five being the highest or best. It is not necessary to rate each school or view all six videos to have a vote counted.
Voters are encouraged to rank the finalists based on the criteria of the Commencement Challenge, used to select the finalists from among schools throughout the country.
More information about Kalamazoo's bid in the Commencement Challenge is available at votekalamazoo.com.
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