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DSST makes cut in Obama challenge


Updated April 30 – The Denver School of Science and Technology made the cut from six to three in the national contest to win President Obama as commencement speaker. Read the press release. The winner will be announced Tuesday.

Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter talks on a banana and gets thumped at basketball by a Denver School of Science and Technology student in videos made to promote the charter school’s shot at winning President Obama as its commencement speaker this spring.

In one clip, Ritter is breathing heavily as he tells the student, “Ben B,” that he thinks he can take him in hoops although “I’ve only got about 35 years on you.”

Then Ben B, otherwise known as Ben Brasch, sinks a layup and taunts the basketball-loving Obama with, “You’re next, Mr. President.”

Brasch also challenges Obama to a game of one-on-one when he visits the Stapleton school for his graduation talk. That challenge comes at the end of a longer and far more serious video about DSST now on the White House website.

DSST is one of six high schools across the country vying to bring Obama to their school. Each school made a video that is posted on the White House website. Popular vote will narrow the six to three and Obama will make the final call. Public voting ends at midnight Thursday and Obama’s selection will be announced Tuesday.

To vote, go to www.whitehouse.gov/commencement.

To see Ritter’s videos, click in the links below: