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Bridgeport a Finalist for Visit from President Obama
The north central Washington high school needs votes for its video

OLYMPIA — April 27, 2011 — Bridgeport High School has been named as a finalist for a visit from President Obama. And the high school needs your votes.

The 2011 Race to the Top High School Commencement Challenge honors schools that are making great strides in graduating its students. Six finalists were chosen. With fewer than 200 students, Bridgeport – located in north central Washington – is the smallest of the six.

“I’m excited for Bridgeport,” said Randy Dorn, superintendent of public instruction. “This is a school that has a large migrant population, with many students who aren’t native English speakers. Nearly one out of every two students in the school receives free or reduced-price lunch. But even with all of that, they graduate nine out of every 10 students. That’s just incredible.”

The public will help determine the winner through an Internet vote. To vote, go to the White House Web site and watch the video each school has made. At the bottom of the page, you will see blue boxes numbered 1-5. Rank each school by clicking on one of the numbers (5 is the highest ranking; 1 the lowest); then click “Next” to view the next school.

Voting is open until 8:59 p.m. PDT Friday, April 29, 2011.

The three schools receiving the most votes will be announced Monday, May 2, 2011. Those schools will be forwarded to President Obama, who will select the winner. He will speak at their graduation ceremony in June.

According to the White House, 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.”

The five other finalists are:

  • Wayne Early Middle College High School (Goldsboro, North Carolina)
  • Booker T. Washington High School (Memphis, Tennessee)
  • Science Park High School (Newark, New Jersey)
  • Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12, School for Creative and Performing Arts (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • High Tech High International (San Diego, CA)

Last year’s winner was Kalamazoo Central High School in Michigan.


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The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K-12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine Educational Service Districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.

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