Wayne County high school could get Obama as speaker

Posted April 10, 2011

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— A Wayne County high school is a finalist in a competition to have President Barack Obama speak at this year's graduation.

Wayne Early Middle College High School in Goldsboro is one of six finalists in the Race to the Top Commencement Challenge.

If Obama chooses Wayne College High as the winner, he would speak to the first graduating class to have attended all four years at the school, which was founded in 2007.

"I want to encourage the six finalists for all they've done to prepare their students for college and careers," Obama said in a statement. "I look forward to meeting the students and teachers of the winning school at their commencement."

The schools submitted written applications and were judged on how well they prepare students and creatively engaged and supported them, as well as their overall academic record.

In the coming weeks, a team from The Get schooled Foundation and Viacom will help students at the six finalist school create a short video profiling their school.

The videos, an essay and other material from the finalists will be posted on the White House website, and the public can vote for the top three schools. Obama will then pick the winner from that trio.

Wayne College High partners with Wayne County Community College to let high schoolers take college-level courses. They can graduate in four to five years with a high school diploma and an associate's degree or two years of courses to transfer to a four-year college.

The other finalists are Bridgeport High School in Bridgeport, Wash.; Booker T. Washington High School in Memphis, Tenn.; Science Park High School in Newark, N.J.; Pittsburgh CAPA, School for Creative and Performing Arts in Pittsburg, Penn.; and High Tech High International in San Diego, Calif.

This is the second year of the Race to the Top Competition. Last year, Obama picked Kalamazoo Central High in Kalamazoo, Mich., as the winner.


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  • LuvLivingInCary Apr 13, 2011

    maybe he can tell them how to play a good game of golf.

  • littleriver69 Apr 13, 2011

    Lucky you!!! You must be proud. NOT!

  • grayboomerang Apr 12, 2011

    Newsflash folks...BOTH Bush and Obama were/are horrible presidents!

    This is what Obama is good at....going on the road and giving speeches. He is not a good or great President, but he is a good speaker.

  • mad_dash Apr 12, 2011

    whatusay.. I should have know.. I was really joking.. but that is just sad on so many levels!! ha ha!!!

  • bowhunterjunkie Apr 12, 2011

    Get over it yes he is BLACK and Proud of it

    NOT!! He is bi-racial just as much white as he is black!! Some people are just too funny!!

  • whatusay Apr 11, 2011

    mad_dash....yes he will be bringing his tele-prompter. He had to use it when he spoke to a 3rd grade class a few month ago.

  • whatusay Apr 11, 2011

    zomninjahhhh..... I am sure your school is more deserving of a guest speaker who believes an individual freedoms and "will succeed without government intervention". Obama believes that success does not come from hard work and studying but can only come from government. He would be one of the very few on my list as a guest speaker promoting education.

  • zomninjahhhh Apr 11, 2011

    Some of these comments are absolutely horrible. Personally I really don't like Obama but of course that's my opinion. I am proud to be a student at Wayne Early Middle College High School. My school is absolutely amazing and I personally don't agree with people who talk negatively about my school and they don't even know anything about it. Not only do we get a High School Diploma but also we have the privilege to not only to be enrolled in Honors classes but also that we have the privilege to get an Associate's Degree in those four years. Not many students have this privilege to go to school on a community college campus. Teachers and students speak highly of our school and this shows that what we say about about our school is true. Based on academics we are the best school in NC. Our test scores are above average and we have a 98.5% efficiency. By winning this it shows that we are an amazing school and the best school to go to.

  • sandyellison07 Apr 11, 2011

    I am like alot of other people out there I don't like Obama either, but I am proud of the kids and the teachers at Wayne Early Middle College High School. Just to be one of six schools out of 100's or 1000's of school to try to have him come says alot about the school. How many of you can go to high school and college at the same time and be a kid at the same time. This class is the first to graduate with a high school diploma and a two year degree. Also many of them are going on to a four year university. Please send a note to the school tell them how proud your are of them and critize them on having Obama coming.

  • Vietnam Vet Apr 11, 2011

    Wonderful news I hope he can inspire some of our young people!