Michelle Obama challenges high school students to go further

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White House

High school seniors have an opportunity to get one of the most powerful women in the United States to speak at their graduation in spring 2015.

First Lady Michelle Obama announced a video contest where the winning school will get her as the commencement speaker.

The contest revolves around the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, also known as FAFSA. Seniors must submit their FAFSA applications and then in a three to five-minute video showcase how their school is encouraging them to complete the financial aid form.

The contest officially opens Jan. 1, 2015, which coincides with the opening of FAFSA for the next school year, and closes March 16.

Videos must be uploaded using YouTube or Vimeo, and the school principal or a school representative must complete the entry form and submit the video on the White House website.

The contest is a part of the First Lady’s Reach Higher initiative (#ReachHigher), which is encouraging students to not only complete their high school education but to go beyond and finish a four-year degree, vocational or technical education.

“Education is the key to success for so many kids,” First Lady Obama said in a speech earlier this year.

To learn more about the initiative or about the contest, visit the White House website.