Denver School Hopes To Have Obama Speak At Commencement

Denver School Of Science And Technology One Of 6 Finalists

Some Colorado high school students need your help to get the president to speak on their graduation day.

Denver School of Science and Technology is one of six finalists vying to have President Barack Obama speak at its graduation in the spring.

Voting started Monday morning. Voters can go to www.whitehouse.gov/Commencement to see a three-minute video and short essay from each school and give each one a ranking of one through five.

The governor sent out a note asking that everyone in the state vote for DSST.

"The Denver School of Science and Technology represents the very best in academic success in Colorado," Gov. Bill Ritter said. "I encourage all Coloradans to vote for DSST so we can showcase for the rest of the nation how the school is delivering a world-class education and allowing all of its student to achieve their full potential."

The other schools in the competition are in Overland Park, Kansas; Cincinnati, Ohio; Lawndale, Calif.; Kalamazoo, Mich. and Miami.

Online voters will select the top three schools from among the six finalists and Obama will select the winner from those finalists. The winner will be announced on May 4.

Facts about Denver School of Science and Technology:

  • DSST is the only "Distinguished" rated high school in Denver Public Schools.
  • 100 percent of DSST graduates have been accepted into four-year colleges throughout Colorado and around the nation, including the Colorado School of Mines, MIT and Stanford University.
  • The Colorado Department of Education rated DSST a 2009 High Performing High School, the only one in DPS and among only 18 in the state.
  • From 2006 to 2009, DSST students had the highest median student growth in the state.