‘once in a lifetime’

White House: Every wondered what would happen if the President of the United States walked into an auditorium full of unsuspecting high school seniors? That’s exactly what happened on June 7, 2010 when President Obama surprised the graduating class at Kalamazoo Central High School, the winners of the 2010 Race to the Top Commencement Challenge. The Principal of Kalamazoo Central High School, Von Washington, described the experience of competing in – and winning – the 2010 Commencement Challenge this way:

“How do you begin to describe what shaking the hand of the President of the United States at your high school graduation means to a student? Every one of our students, and everyone within our community was changed by this once in a lifetime event…..”

We’re asking public high schools from across the country to demonstrate how their school best prepares them for college and a career, helping America win the future by out-educating our competitors and achieving President Obama’s goal of having the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020.

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5 Responses to “‘once in a lifetime’”

  1. 1 sherijr
    February 18, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    I have to say that for all the things I respect, admire and love about this President- I especially love him for his response to young people- to our teens in particular.. to our hs and college students- he is a great mentor, and I do not doubt that he is having a particularly positive and profound impact on the youth of this country.. world and many of them are internalizing his leadership skills- he is such an amazing example of leadership. Thanks so much Chipsticks for all your marvelous postings. Happy Friday!

    • 2 Shirley Bess
      February 18, 2011 at 4:51 pm

      Yes, thanks again Chipsticks 🙂 Thanks again, I just Love It here, this Is a nice place to hang out and vent, among People, who are on the same page. I appreciate you, and thanks again 🙂

  2. 3 Sonjia Duncan
    February 18, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    My grand daughter and I knocked on doors and canvassed for Senator Obama during the last election. She really surprised me in the way she talked about him and what he meant to her. She is now graduating from h.s.
    She has a GPA of 4.7,
    AP courses equal to upper freshman to Dartmouth College, and a semifinalist in the Intel Science Talent Search Competition. Her research at Johns Hopkin Medical School was title Gene Expression and DNA Methylation of KCNQ2 and KCNQ3 in Bipolar Disorder.
    She is not an athlete but her work in mathematics and science has earned her a four year scholarship to complete her undergraduate work and she has a scholarship waiting to complete her medical degree at Hopkin Medical School.
    I admire the way President Obama talks about STEMS Courses for the students who might not otherwise apply themselves. My entire family is so proud of her work and determination to achieve.

    • 4 Asher in Boston
      February 18, 2011 at 10:26 pm

      Very smart young lady, you must be a very proud grandma.

    • 5 Sue in Minnesota
      February 18, 2011 at 10:28 pm

      Wow, very impressive accomplishments for a young, smart, motivated lady. I am so impressed by her sense of purpose and direction at such a tender age.

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