UPDATE: Voting Open For Wayne Co. School Seeking Obama's Visit

A Wayne County school is among the finalists to have President Obama as their commencement speaker. Wayne Early Middle College High School is one of six high schools across the country to make it this far in the contest.

Internet voting begins Thursday as six high schools vie to have President Barack Obama deliver the commencement speech for this year's graduating seniors.

In its second year, the Race to the Top High School Commencement Challenge invited the nation's public high schools to demonstrate how their school best prepares them for college and a career. The six finalists were chosen from hundreds of applications.

From Thursday through April 29, the public is asked to view and rate video presentations from each school on a scale of one to five. The three schools with the highest average rating will be sent to President Obama for a final selection.

Those interested in voting can go to www.whitehouse.gov/commencement to watch the videos and make a selection. Wayne Early Middle College High School is option #2.

Click on the link at the bottom of the page to cast your vote.

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A school in Goldsboro is preparing a video pitch for a national competition that could lead President Barack Obama to deliver its commencement address in June.

Wayne Early Middle College High will film the video Wednesday. The school is one of six from around the country that have been named finalists in the Race to the Top competition. The public will have an opportunity to vote on each school's video in the coming weeks. Obama will then select a winner from among the top three finalists and deliver the commencement later this spring.

The challenge encourages schools to show their commitment to preparing students for college and a career. Students at Wayne Early Middle College are dually enrolled in both high school and college courses.

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  • by R.E.S.P.E.C.T on Apr 27, 2011 at 11:26 AM
    Obviously what the people on here need to learn isn't taught in schools. How are your children suppose to learn respect when you can't even teach it yourself? These children are the future generation and they are already better off. They are respectful of others beliefs unlike you here. Do you think everyone at WEMCHS supports Obama? I think not. But they realize that NO OTHER SCHOOL this year can have this opportunity. There will never be one president that everyone loves. Stop spending your time bashing him and go do something to make this world better *like these kids are doing* .
  • by McIntosh Location: The South on Apr 21, 2011 at 11:24 AM
    It's just a campaign stunt, like most of his appearances. I don't think schools should have ANY political person at commencement. The country is very divided so half will be unhappy whichever side you choose. The commencement day should only be about the GRADUATES! Let the light shine on them not a politician.
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      by saywha? on Apr 21, 2011 at 12:45 PM in reply to McIntosh
      Are you serious? You don't think the President (and I mean Obama, W, Clinton, Bush senior, etc.) of the most powerful nation in the world, the nation that is, despite all it's shortcomings, the "Shining Light on the Hill," shouldn't attend a commencement because some idiot, on one side of the political spectrum or the other, disagrees with their policies and will be upset? That kind of thinking is EXACTLY what I'm talking about when I say that folks have stepped off the end of the pier.
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        by Anonymous on Apr 21, 2011 at 05:18 PM in reply to saywha?
        I agree 100%. Just because President Obama will be speaking does not mean it will be a political event. Why are these Ya-hoots so afraid?
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        by Obama Snake Oil co on Apr 22, 2011 at 05:45 AM in reply to saywha?
        Thanks for not using the term "leader" in you post...
  • by Andy Nonomus on Apr 21, 2011 at 11:12 AM
    If it were me, I would be voting for him NOT to come to my school.
  • by illegals on Apr 21, 2011 at 08:20 AM
    I rode through Dudley NC yesterday and had not been through there inmany years...I could not believe all of the gang grafitti that pointed at MS13 and other latin gangs. Will Obama be given a tour of the gang grafitti and asked what his stance on illegal latinos from south of the border are? I bet not!! shame shame that we continue toi allow all of the illegals to do as they please and leach off of our tax funds!!
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      by Boats on Apr 21, 2011 at 10:41 AM in reply to illegals
      "Will Obama be given a tour of the gang grafitti?" You're kidding right?
  • by Anonymous on Apr 21, 2011 at 08:14 AM
    who cares if barrack hussein comes to Goldsboro...he will be voted out in a little over ayear and we will cleaning up his mess for many years to come! How about he stay in washington and try to fix some of this mess he has us in! He has ruined this country!!!
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      by Larry on Apr 21, 2011 at 11:15 AM in reply to
      Oh yea, It was in such great shape before President Obama took office. That was a very good point anonymous, glade you reminded us just how a big mess President Obama caused after he got in office.
  • by dede on Apr 21, 2011 at 08:02 AM
    This is for the person who said that Obama was the worst president in history. WRONG!...it is bush by far. He and cheney,republicans are responsible for bringing down this country...republicans and people like yourself don't want to admit to it. Anyway, having President Obama come to speak at the school would be an honor for any high school despite the nay sayers. At least he is literate and can communicate unlike bush who used to pronounce words wrong and made up words.
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      by illegals on Apr 21, 2011 at 08:21 AM in reply to dede
      make sure that their are notecards for obama and also NO QUESTIONS!!! He is absolutely the worst president in our history!! look at the numbers!!
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        by Anonymous on Apr 21, 2011 at 11:03 AM in reply to illegals
        Maybe he can write cheat notes in his hand, like "winky winky".
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      by Obama Snake Oil Co on Apr 21, 2011 at 09:41 AM in reply to dede
      Dede, not sure which ones are saying he is the worst, because so many do. I used facts from the polls of past performance. They compare favorable ratings vs time at the same point of other presidents. Obama is the worst, even lower than Jimmy Carter. Sorry to break it to ya, but he is no leader, weak with foreign policy, economy stinks...Then you go on Bush...well, at least Bush knew there were 50 states...Obama said 57. Clue here, count the stars on the flag. Bush kept us safe after 911, Obama opened up an express lane to muslims that want us dead. So don't cry, he is out of here in 2012 along with the other treasonist congress members. If you voted for the guy, well, consider that he just layed down trillions in debt on your kids. This means your kids will never have it as good as you no matter what their education. They will be paying for it. If you don't know who Standards and Poor is, I suggest you get educated now. If they downgrade us after warning us..your 401K will not be able to buy a loaf of bread with it. This is a result of Obama and the democrats in Congress and is the most irresponsible thing done in our history. We just got snake bit by S&P...now just waiting for the venom to take effect.
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        by Facts on Apr 21, 2011 at 11:12 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
        History News Network’s poll of 109 historians found that 61 percent of them rank Bush as “worst ever” among U.S. presidents. Bush’s key competition comes from Buchanan, apparently, and a further 2 percent of the sample puts Bush right behind Buchanan as runner-up for “worst ever.” 96 percent of the respondents place the Bush presidency in the bottom tier of American presidencies.
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          by Obama Snake Oil Co on Apr 21, 2011 at 01:06 PM in reply to Facts
          Thomas Fleming, from the same network HNN, says Carter. Rasmussen says Carter...the only slider under Carter in the polls that predicted his election, Obama. Just remember, Bush was elected a second term...right now, Obama will not make it...
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        by saywha? on Apr 21, 2011 at 12:54 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
        snake oil, look at some of the stuff you just wrote........ "treasonist (not even a word.....you were looking for treasonous," "Obama opened up an express lane to muslims that want us dead" "He just layed down trillions in debt"
  • by Ashley on Apr 21, 2011 at 06:19 AM
    It is a great honor to have any president speak at graduation, especially a high school graduation. Congratulations to these students for their success and drive in the race to the top. You are well-deserved of this honor, and my mama always told me "if you don't have anything nice to say then keep your mouth shut." Obviously, these kids have way more class than some adults!
  • by saywha? Location: Washington on Apr 21, 2011 at 06:06 AM
    Wow, what a sorry lot many of you are. I commend the students at WEMCHS on their hard work and achievement and I hope that they receive the honor of having the President visit. Everything is not political and until the nuts on both ends of the spectrum understand this we will never move forward. Due to an achievement of my wife's, she had an "official" White House picture taken with W in the oval office early in his presidency. It hangs proudly in our home, despite the fact we never voted for him and believe him to have been a poor president (but a good man at heart). Why? because it was an honor........no matter the political affiliation of the President. The moderate middle in this country has to step forth to push the hate filled ignorant extremists on both sides to the margins.
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      by Obama Snake Oil co on Apr 21, 2011 at 07:33 AM in reply to saywha?
      I agreed till you got to the part of hate filled. None of this is about hate, its about no liking the presidents path he chose. Personally, I think he is a smart guy, I just think he is misguided by so many extremists, he just goes with the flow.
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        by saywha? on Apr 21, 2011 at 08:36 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil co
        Incorrect, snake oil. Alot of it is hate. Hating Obama for thinking he is things that he is not (marxist, non-native) and things that he is: a democrat and....let's be honest, mixed-race. Folks on the other side hated W, even before he did anything as President, for being a conservative, for being Christian, for being a WASP. That kind of hate gives way to the complete nonsense that both extremes follow as truth: Bush helped Bin Laden's family out of the states because the US gov't was behind the 9-11 attacks, that Obama isn't a citizen, that the Clintons had Vince Foster murdered and had Ron Brown's jet shot out of the sky. All of it is rubbish, but the faithful feed on it like manna from heaven because it reinforces their hate. Folks can certainly disagree over politics, and having those disagreements and working through them are part of what makes our nation great. The unfortunate truth is that too many politicians see it as a game and too many of their followers are either too stupid to see what is going on or are willfully ignorant enough to tag along.
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          by Anonymous on Apr 21, 2011 at 10:59 AM in reply to saywha?
          Great response, so true.
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        by JohnQ on Apr 21, 2011 at 11:01 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil co
        What planet are you from? The majority of the negative comments are based on H A T E and nothing else!!! If you don't believe it, you are just as ignorant as them.
  • by A Student At WEMCHS Location: Goldsboro, NC on Apr 16, 2011 at 11:42 AM
    I'm a tenth grade student at the best school in the county, Wayne Early Middle College High School. Each and every day we work our butt of constantly. You people who diss my school don't even have enough information about my school. I went through a hard and rigorous journey to get in to this wonderful school. From the very first day I entered this campus, I was enrolled in a college class. This school doesn't waste time on the petty little things of an average high school. My school prepares us for our future, where we will be on our own and making the choices for ourselves. This school prepares us and teaches us the value of success and an expanse knowledge of education. Those of you who talk crap about this school, are ignorant. I want to see one of you come out there and go through the daily trials each one of us do. I'm not a fan of Obama, but he is our president. As a christian and as a citizen, I have to respect that and pray that he does what is best for our country. It is an honor to have a man of such high standing come and speak at this commencement.
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      by Really? on Apr 21, 2011 at 06:00 AM in reply to A Student At WEMCHS
      We need more people like you in the world. Keep it up!
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      by Obama Snake Oil Co on Apr 21, 2011 at 06:30 AM in reply to A Student At WEMCHS
      Well, at least you could say someday, you met the worst president in the history of this nation. I met the last one Jimmy Carter, however, pretty sure Obama fell under his numbers some time ago. I would show respect to the office too.....
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        by WEMCHS-staff on Apr 21, 2011 at 08:01 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
        If I was as ignorant as you, I would hide behind such ridiculous name also! Please grow up! BARACK OBAMA is president now and WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT IT?? Accept it or leave the USA!! Those are your only options! Option number 2 sounds the best for you! Goodbye!
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          by Anonymous on Apr 21, 2011 at 08:17 AM in reply to WEMCHS-staff
          nobody has to accept his presidency! Those of us fighting for a great country again will oppose all of his moves so that we do not end up as a communist state!! Liberals oppose free speech as seen in the reply to obamasnakeoil! That is EXACTLY what barrack and his minions want so that they can continue to control the non-free thinking masses!
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          by Obama Snake Oil Co on Apr 21, 2011 at 12:58 PM in reply to WEMCHS-staff
          First off, I am a democrat, secondly, I read his book and learned about his and his connections to radicals and muslims. You of course didn't. Just like so many posters who go after me, you come unprepared for class. No books, no pencil and wearing you shoes on the wrong feet. Well, mommy will tie you shoes for you since you go along with the D like a sheep. You voted for this man, wallow in it. You now owe 14 trillion, unemployment is at 11% in the state, Gas prices are over 100% then when Bush was in office...which you side blames him for gas prices..remember, and there is real fear in the middle east based on this war monger dropping bombs in Libya. Mind you, without congressional approval. At least Bush got Congress to vote and approve both wars during his term. So, you are left with the worst president in the history of this nation since Jimmy Carter. I met Jimmy, and Barrack is not Jimmy...but Barrack will be a one termer just like him. I quote facts from Rasmussen and you post blitherskite, defending what cannot be defended.
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        by put a sock in it on Apr 21, 2011 at 10:48 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
        Still on the worst president kick? Bush has taken the title away from Carter. At least Carter/Obama can leave the country without fear of being arrested. Neither one has had shoes thrown at them either. Neither one has caused thousands of American lives to be lost, neither one lied about WMDs, need I continue???
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          by Obama Snake Oil Co on Apr 21, 2011 at 12:50 PM in reply to put a sock in it
          Yes continue, but use some facts to support it...you know what facts are right? Everything you posted so far is mere spin and liberal fodder. Good luck...
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      by Anonymous on Apr 21, 2011 at 08:14 AM in reply to A Student At WEMCHS
      did you learn the word "diss" in your school? Nice real nice!
  • by Momma Cat Location: NC on Apr 15, 2011 at 06:24 PM
    Reading the negative posts on this site absolutely breaks my heart -- especially for the seniors at this North Carolina high school that has achieved 100% graduation rate over the last three years. The school achieved a 98.5% proficiency rate last year and has improved every year since they opened in the fall of 2006. Wayne Early Middle College High School has achieved the recognition of Honor School of Excellence for the last two years. Doesn't that sound like a school racing to the top? The reason it breaks my heart is that I taught this graduating class as sophomores. I taught them Civics and Economics and yes, I taught them about the United States Constitution; as well as political and legal systems. During the 2008 election, many of my students supported the McCain/Palin ticket. But you know what -- this week, when all the filming was being done -- those same students were proud to be a part of a school selected for the Race to the Top Commencement Challenge. I beg each of you not to belittle their outstanding efforts because they are also proud to be Americans! Applaud diversity and achievement!
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      by Harold on Apr 21, 2011 at 04:57 AM in reply to Momma Cat
      If you taught them about the Constitution, why did't you teach them America is a Republic and not a democracy as per Art 4 of the Constitution? Why didn't you teach them America is united instead of diverse? What the students have done is outstanding. What you have done is deplorable. You have taught liberalism and given it a politically correct name.
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