April 30, 2010 / News

Kalamazoo Central makes final 3 in White House contest

Written by Evan Blackwell, CJE

Kalamazoo Central High School, a Walsworth yearbook school in Kalamazoo, Mich., finished in the top three of the public vote and has made it on to the list of finalists in the White House’s Race to the Top High School Commencement Challenge.

President Obama will now choose between Kalamazoo Central, Denver School of Science & Technology and Clark Montessori High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, and speak at one of the school’s graduation ceremonies in May.

Blue Valley Northwest High School, another Walsworth school, had qualified into the final six, but did not make the list of three finalists, determined by this week’s public vote.

Student videos for the three finalists can be viewed at the White House website. President Obama’s final selection will be announced on Tuesday, May 4.

Evan Blackwell, CJE
Evan Blackwell, CJE

Evan Blackwell, CJE, is a Marketing Automation Specialist for Walsworth. He's been a writer, editor and web content specialist for Walsworth Yearbooks for the past 14 years, and is the author of the Yearbook Suite's "The Art of the Interview" unit. Prior to joining Walsworth, Blackwell spent five years as an award-winning newspaper and magazine journalist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas.