WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Obama may be heading to Goldsboro this spring.

Wayne Early Middle College High School is among six high schools selected as finalists for this year’s Race to the Top High School Commencement Challenge, the White House and the U.S. Department of Education announced on Friday.

As part of the next step of the contest, the Get Schooled Foundation (which includes Viacom among its founding partners) will work with each school to produce a video for the online voting portion of the challenge.

The president set a goal of having the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020, and the Commencement Challenge invited the nation’s public high schools to submit applications that demonstrate their commitment to preparing students for college and a career.

Hundreds of applications were received and were judged based on the schools’ performance, essay questions, and supplemental data. The six finalists were selected for their creativity in engaging and supporting students, academic results, and progress in preparing students to graduate college and career ready.

Other finalists include: Bridgeport High School (Bridgeport, Wash.); Booker T. Washington High School (Memphis, Tenn.); Science Park High School (Newark, N.J.); Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12, School for Creative and Performing Arts (Pittsburgh, Pa.); and High Tech High International (San Diego, Calif.).

“I want to congratulate the six finalists for all they’ve done to prepare their students for college and careers, and I want to thank all of the schools that applied,” said President Obama. “I look forward to meeting the students and teachers of the winning school at their commencement.”

The six videos, along with portions of each school’s written application, will be featured on the White House website in the coming weeks, and the public will have an opportunity to vote for the top three schools they think best meet the president’s goal.

The president then will select a national winner from these three finalists and visit the winning high school to deliver the commencement later this spring.

Obama delivered the commencement address to last year’s winner Kalamazoo Central High School in Michigan.

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