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Afternoon Fizz: Bridgeport High School Places in WH Contest

By Josh Feit May 10, 2011

Bridgeport High School in Central Washington didn't win the White House "commencement challenge" contest (public schools nationwide competed to show that their schools best prepare students for college). But BHS was one of three finalists.

Obama  is speaking at the winning school, a high school in Memphis. Consolation prize for Bridgeport: Another cabinet member. (If it's Hillary, I think we'll send Erica.)

Gov. Gregoire issued this statement:
President Obama’s Commencement Challenge has highlighted some of the most innovative and inspiring high schools across the country. Bridgeport High School fits that category and the story of its students has, up until now, been largely untold. The students have shown that dedication, hard work and determination pay off. With 100 percent of the students on the free- or reduced-price lunch program they are rising above odds and breaking barriers of the past. All of the senior class has been accepted to college, which is something to celebrate. They have made Washington proud.

And Sen. Cantwell:
Washington is home to some of the most dynamic and successful schools in the country,” said Senator Cantwell. “President Obama recognized this by including Bridgeport High School as one of the finalists for his Commencement Challenge. I’m proud to see how far Bridgeport has come since we installed broadband access and gave students a larger connection to the world ten years ago. I am glad to see that Bridgeport High School has received some much-deserved attention for its innovative education programs that inspire diverse students to overcome adversity and strive to reach their potential. This small Columbia Basin school offers its student body 16 classes for college credit, more than some of the largest urban schools. Every single one of its 37 seniors will graduate this spring and will move on to college. These achievements make Bridgeport a model for others to follow. On behalf of the entire state, I offer my congratulations to Bridgeport for its successes and wish all of the students best of luck in the future.
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