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Local High School 1 of 6 Finalists in Contention to Have Obama Speak at Commencement; Public Can Vote Now Through Thursday

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It's down to six finalists in the White House's Commencement Challenge, and one of the contenders is a Lawndale high school with an amazing story of growth and success.

Environmental Charter High School boasts a class of 2009 from which 92% were accepted into universities, and a thriving current student body who are learning with a focus on the natural environment. On the White House site where everyone is invited to "vote" for schools based on a 1-5 ranking system, you can learn about this 68% Latino, 20% African-American, and 78% low income student population learns on a campus that is "blocks from the world’s most congested freeway," but boasts "fruit trees and a running stream of reclaimed water, which was once asphalt."

After the public voting period is over (it ends 11:59 p.m. EDT on Thursday, April 29) President Obama will select a winner out of the top three finalists, and the announcement will be made on Tuesday May 4th. “I encourage all Americans to review and rate these six finalists to help choose the winner of this competition," says Obama. Go here to learn about all 6 schools and vote. Follow ECHS on Twitter, Facebook.