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President Obama visits Manor New Tech High School

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The President's first stop was Manor New Tech High School. He told the crowd today that he chose the campus because of its commitment to preparing the students for the workplace after graduation.

New tech high specializes in technology, mathematics, engineering and science. Sixty percent of their graduates last year went to college. Most of those were the first generation to do so.

He says schools around the nation should do what they're do right here in Manor.

After hours of anticipation, President Obama entered the Manor New Tech High School gym to kick off his jobs and opportunity tour. His audience was hundreds of cheering students.

"Howdy Manor," President Obama said.

His message was to overcome what he called the single greatest challenge as a nation re-igniting the middle class.

"If you work hard no matter what you look like where you come from you can succeed. That's what we're fighting for," he said.

Obama chose Manor New Tech High because he says a diploma here leads directly to a good job. Most graduates aren't from wealthy families.

"Folks around here are doing something right and others can learn about their ideas," he said.

Then there is the downside. He pointed out the fact that New Tech High accepts students on a lottery system. There isn't room for everyone. He wants to broaden that opportunity.

"Every person in America deserves a world-class education," Obama said.

He also mentioned his desire to make college more affordable and create more high-paying middle class jobs. Someone who stands to benefit is senior Tevyn Washington. He was chosen to introduce the president.

"I could not believe it. I am still in shock that I shook hands with the President and he was standing right beside me," Washington said.

He is a New Tech success story. Despite his dyslexia he will graduate and go to Sam Houston State University to study Mass Communications. He will be the first in his family to go to college.

"Tutoring is offered 100 percent of the time. There's no time that I would come here and say guys I need some extra help. This school is a yes school," Washington said.

Dylan Randolph, who specializes in graphic design, gave the President a tour of the school.

"He asked us where we wanted to do to college and was really interested in like what we're doing here. Really was very encouraging," said Randolph.

And that's what students and staff will take away from all of this. They are important enough to bring the President to town.

"I think it says that just because we are in Manor ISD that we certainly can compete with the rest of the world," said Randolph.

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