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    High schools compete for commencement speech from Obama

    High schools across the nation can compete for an inspiring speech from President Barack Obama. The annual Race to the Top Commencement Challenge allows high schools to submit applications for a chance to win a commencement appearance and speech from Obama.

    Through essays and statistics, students are encouraged to show how their high schools prepare them for college and careers, while creating a culture of success.

    More than 1,000 schools applied last year, and Kalamazoo Central High School won the contest. Students can apply on only by Feb. 25.

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