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Public schools from across the nation have entered the Race to the Top High School Commencement Challenge in an effort to bring President Barack Obama to their upcoming graduations. A stellar team of senior students at Cincinnati Public School’s Clark Montessori took the challenge and completed the rigorous application process. After the President’s staff reviewed the contest entries, Clark’s work won a place as one of the top six finalists.

Now, the next step is for you to vote for Clark Montessori to become one of the three finalists from which President Obama will personally choose. We need your help for Clark to win! See the additional details below.

Each of the six competing schools are currently submitting their new video clips to be posted on The White House website for a public vote. View all of the videos online by logging onto and then tell us all what you think once you’ve seen them.

The official dates for the public to vote began Monday, April 26th at 8:00AM EST and will end on this Thursday, April 29th at 11:59PM EST. You may enter your vote for the best video (which is Clark Montessori’s of course) at

Don’t delay Cincinnati! Send in your vote today!

You may also check out Clark’s current website for additional information on their place in the competition by visiting The main page of the website provides links to the original student essay responses as well as the initial student-produced video. In fact, it was one senior ho initiated the application team affectionately named “Team Obama.”

The public vote will then narrow the finalists down to the top three. From there, President Barack Obama will choose one school where his grand prize includes a speaking engagement from the president at the school’s commencement ceremony.

We want Clark Montessori to win big with President Barack Obama! Why? Because we’re proud of Clark Montessori and all area high schools for their achievements this year and their choice to continue their education.