Students Enter Contest to Hear Michelle Obama Speak


First lady, Michelle Obama, announced last week that a her Reach Higher program is starting a two video contest among high school and college students. The winning students will get to have the first lady speak at their school about higher education and its importance in the adult world.

Phase one of the contest is for high school students, teachers and other high school administration. They are to record a creative video that will motivate and encourage students to fill out and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Phase two of the contest is called the Near-Peer Monitoring College Challenge, and it asks that college students and those in the administration submit videos too. The videos for this phase of the contest should show students engaged in mentoring of their peers and depict that various immersion programs that offered throughout the college campuses. These videos are meant to demonstrate the melding pot of experiences that college offers students, especially those that are in underrepresented communities.

Students can upload their videos to YouTube or Vimeo for submission along with posting them to social media using #ReachHigher as a tag. The winners of the contest are expected to be announced by Mrs. Obama at commencement ceremonies in the spring.

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