Help Washington State’s Bridgeport High School win President Obama’s “Commencement Challenge.” Bridgeport High in Douglas County is one of six schools across the country vying for President Obama as its graduation speaker. They need your vote by this Friday (9:00 p.m. our time) to get into the final three. Vote now: http://www.whitehouse.gov/Commencement.
Here’s how to vote:
• The webpage below will bring up the six finalists’ short videos and essays in random order.
• At the bottom of the page, you will see blue boxes numbered 1-5. Click on 5 for the highest ranking or click on 1 for the lowest ranking, then click “next” to go to the next school, rank it, until all six schools have been ranked.
• You can vote until 8:59 p.m. PDT on Friday, April 29, 2011.
• At the end of the rating period, the three schools with the highest average ratings will be submitted to President Obama for final selection. The top 3 schools will be announced on Monday, May 2, 2011 with the winner being announced later that week.
Commencement 2011 at Edmonds Community College is just around the corner — June 17 at Comcast Arena at Everett. There will be many fantastic graduation stories. Here's the first one: Social and Human Services student Lori Radcliffe stopped making excuses and came to college when the time was right. Read her story and then look for her at the commencement ceremony. Congratulations, Lori!
“I am so very happy that I didn't let excuses get in the way of the greatest adventure of my life!”
Before Edmonds CC Any job that didn't require a college education.
Why now? About four years ago I took a few classes, but I just wasn't ready to continue. I thought it was because I didn't have what it took to be a student, this despite the fact I received almost perfect grades. In the spring of 2009, I was driving by the campus and decided I had some unfinished business. It was the right time because I was no longer going to let my excuses get in the way of my life!
Working as Currently I am working on my Chemical Dependency Professional Training Practicum at Evergreen Manor.
Biggest challenge Getting past the point where I made numerous excuses why I shouldn't or couldn't go to college because I was too old!
Best experience There are so many special experiences, from the moment I held my breath walking into my first on campus class, I have had one positive experience after another. If I had to pick one, it would have to be the wonderful friendships I have developed with fellow students. If I hadn't embarked on this journey I would have missed out on meeting and becoming bonded with some of the most caring, amazing people that I have ever had the pleasure to spend time with! This was an unexpected bonus that I will forever be grateful for!
Favorite classAlcohol and Chemical Dependency Counseling Law and Ethics, ACD 113 — This class was early in my college adventure, and the instructor, Mike Wagner, was able to motivate people out of their comfort zone. I transformed in that quarter from an observer to an involved student, and never looked back!
Advice for students Visit your adviser often, challenge yourself, toss your excuses out the window, make friends, and have FUN!!
College goal I would love to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Social work.
Dream job My passion is prevention! It would be a dream come true to become a Prevention/Intervention Specialist at the high school level.
There are some great photos of beautiful container gardens created by Edmonds Community College students with the guidance garden designer Wendy Welch for Soest Garden at the Center for Urban Horticulture.
Tour the college vegetable garden and other green projects around campus during the Earth Fair April 21. Meet at 1 p.m. in Triton Student Center in Brier Hall for tours of the college’s green buildings, windmill, vegetable garden, rain catchment system, and new honeybee colony.
Learn vegetable gardening and help the Lynnwood Food Bank this summer. Take Summer Vegetable Gardening, Horticulture 255, work in the college’s garden and learn vegetable garden culture, management, harvest, and food processing. The vegetables you help grow and harvest will be donated. Registration for summer quarter classes starts May 25. Classes run July 5-Aug. 26.