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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