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Washington State Town Waits As Obama Speech Decision Delayed

BRIDGEPORT, Wash. – Approximately 200 students in the Washington town of Bridgeport are anxiously awaiting to hear in the President of the United States will speak at their graduation ceremony next month.

Bridgeport High School is one of three schools listed as a finalist in a national competition inviting President Obama to their school.

"There's so much anticipation here in the school and the community," said superintendent Scott Sattler.

All 37 of the school's seniors will graduate and each student plans to pursue higher education—either college or technical school.

Schools in San Diego, CA and Memphis, TN are also finalists.

"It's a great accomplishment to make the top three," said Baltazar Munoz, a senior who plans to attend Wenatchee Valley Community College next year.

A decision was expected Monday morning, but administrators received word via email that the President's schedule would delay an announcement until at least Tuesday.

It was the second delay in about a week. The decision was delayed last week when news of Osama bin Laden's death spread around the world.

"This was on my mind the whole weekend," said Carina Ochoa, a senior who plans to attend Washington State University next year. "It just kept running through my mind. I couldn't even sleep, I woke-up at 3 in the morning."

Administrators said Washington Governor Chirstine Gregoire has already said she will attend the commencement ceremony and a cabinet secretary will also attend if the President cannot.

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