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.