(CNN) – President Barack Obama Tuesday delivered his second "back-to-school" message to the nation's students - an event marked by far less controversy than the first time around.
The speech - delivered to a thunderous round of applause from students at Julia R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - encouraged students to make the most of their educational opportunities.
"Nobody gets to write your destiny but you," Obama said. "Your future is in your hands. Your life is what you make of it. And nothing - absolutely nothing - is beyond your reach. So long as you're willing to dream big. So long as you're willing to work hard. So long as you're willing to stay focused on your education."
The president said education "never has been more important."