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And the Winner of the 2011 Commencement Challenge Is…

Vice President Joe Biden calls the principal of the winning school in the Race to the Top Commencement Challenge. Find out who won!

Today, Vice President Joe Biden called Principal Alisha Kiner of Booker T. Washington High School in Memphis Tennessee to tell her that her school had won the 2011 Race to the Top Commencement Challenge!  President Obama will travel to Memphis on Monday, May 16th to deliver the commencement for the class of 2011.

Check out Booker T. Washington High School’s finalist video:


The Race to the Top Commencement Challenge invited the nation’s public high schools to submit applications that demonstrate their commitment to preparing students for college and a career. Hundreds of applications were received and were judged based on the schools’ performance, essay questions and supplemental data. The six finalists were selected for their creativity in engaging and supporting students, academic results, and progress in preparing students to graduate college and career ready.

Congratulations to Booker T. Washington High School and all the finalists in the Race to the Top Commencement Challenge!