President Barack Obama might deliver the graduation commencement speech at a tiny rural school in north-central Washington, the White House said today.
Bridgeport High School in Douglas County was selected as one of six finalists for having Obama speak. The school has a student population of 150. Ninety percent of the students are Hispanic and all receive free and reduced lunch.
In a nationwide competition for the presidential visit, the students submitted essays, student data and a video about how their school is a model for career and college readiness.
“I was surprised, humbled and excited,” Principal Tami Jackson said. “But our kids deserve it.”
Because the school is not near any colleges, it brings college courses to the students. Some are graduating with as many as 60 credits, Jackson said.
“Our students are often first-generation high school students, let alone college (bound),” she added.