(CNN) - Do you remember who gave your high school commencement address?
For a group of Michigan high school students, it will be a moment they'll probably never forget. President Barack Obama announced Tuesday that he will deliver this year's graduation speech at Kalamazoo Central High School - the winner of the administration's first annual "Race to the Top High School Commencement Challenge."
"I congratulate our winner, Kalamazoo Central High School, and all of our six finalists for their innovative and effective approaches to teaching, learning and preparing students to graduate ready for college and a career," Obama said in a written statement. "I look forward to visiting and speaking at Kalamazoo Central High School later this spring."
The White House asked Americans to help pick a winning high school from a list of six finalists. The list was cut to three recently, the White House said. Obama chose the winner.
"The race was neck and neck all the way to the end with all six schools within half a point of each other," a White House statement said. "Thank you to the more than 170,000 people who weighed in and rated the six finalist schools."
The other two schools that made the final cut were Clark Montessori Junior High and High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Colorado's Denver School of Science and Technology.
To compete, students from around the country had to submit a three-minute video and a short essay on how their school was helping prepare students to meet Obama's goal to have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020.
First lady Michelle Obama issued her own challenge this year, promising students at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., that she would speak at their commencement if they completed 100,000 hours of community service this year.
The university announced last month that its student body surpassed the 100,000-hour mark. Mrs. Obama is now scheduled to speak at its graduation on May 16.
Updated: 11:58 a.m.