Clark Montessori Races to the Top

By now you've probably heard about the Race to the Top Commencement Challenge, in which schools around the country are competing to have President Obama attend and speak at their graduation ceremony. Clark Montessori has been chosen among the six finalist schools, and now the public is voting to help select the winning school; voting started today and goes through midnight Thursday.—-

The six finalists will be narrowed down to three via the public voting, and Obama will then select a national winner from the three finalists. You can vote at the official White House web site here.

Clark is a Cincinnati Public Schools magnet school that often gets overshadowed by its magnet siblings at Walnut Hills High School and the School for Creative and Performing Arts. And it gets little attention outside the city itself because, as suburbanites will eagerly inform you, urban schools are horrible.

Yet 100 percent of Clark's seniors will graduate this year, and each one has been accepted to college. Of those, roughly one-third will be the first in their family to attend college.

They're certainly used to beating the odds, so winning a national competition to bring Obama to town doesn't seem so far-fetched any more.

Clark students have started their own blog about the voting here.