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The Commencement Challenge, launched in late February, invited the nationĄ¯s public high schools to submit applications showing their dedication to providing students with an excellent education that will prepare them to graduate ready for college and career choices. Applications were judged based on the schoolsĄ¯ performance, four essay questions and supplemental data. The six finalists were selected for their dedication to academic excellence and for showing how they are helping prepare students to graduate college and career ready, and prepared to meet the PresidentĄ¯s goal of having the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020.

Finalists:
  • Blue Valley Northwest High School (Overland Park, Kansas)
  • Clark Montessori Junior High and High School (Cincinnati, Ohio)
  • Denver School of Science and Technology (Denver, Colorado)
  • Environmental Charter High School (Lawndale, California)
  • Kalamazoo Central High School (Kalamazoo, Michigan)
  • MAST Academy (Miami, Florida)
Blue Valley Northwest (BVNW) was named one of six finalists in the first annual Race to the Top Commencement Challenge sponsored by the White House and the U.S. Department of Education.

While BNVW did not win the contest, students did an outstanding job representing their school and the Blue Valley School District nationally as a place where students receive an Education Beyond Expectations. They accomplished something special by advancing to the top six. Congratulations Blue Valley Northwest, on a job well done.

The final winner will be announced on Tuesday, May 4. Visit http://www.whitehouse.gov/commencement for detail.