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Obama Could Give Commencement at a Local High School

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A charter high school in Lawndale--that city where vampires and garlic made the news earlier this year--is on the short list of schools under consideration to receive a graduation commencement speech by President Barack Obama, reports KPCC. Environmental Charter High School is one of the five to make the list out of thousands of high schools that entered the Race To the Top High School Commencement Challenge. The small campus of 470 has a 95% college acceptance rate. In the school's video and essay entries, students demonstrated how teachers connect subjects with nature, whether it be trips to Catalina Island or Joshua Tree National Park. The school even has Twitter and Facebook accounts.