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President Obama scheduled to visit TN high school

(WMC-TV) – President Obama will make a stop in Nashville, Tennessee and is expected to talk about jobs and education, both major topics in his State of the Union address.

President Obama will be visiting McGavock High School, one of the largest high schools in the state of Tennessee, on Thursday.

It's a school that four years ago was struggling and about to be taken over by the state. The school rebounded and is considered an education success story that caught the president's attention.

Now the school is thriving and the president is expected to use it as an example of preparing students for the future with its unique career academy model plan. It groups students into their special interests and partners with the business community for donations and support.

Student body president Ronald Elliot is on pins and needles as he gets the honor of introducing the president today.

Elliot said, "It's going to be an honor, he's such a remarkable man. He's a role model to all. He's president; I'm president, you get together presidents unite. I'm excited."

It's not exactly clear why President Obama chose McGavock High, but he has referred to the high school before as an example of how schools can turn things around.

The president's visit was a short notice surprise for many. The students did not have to compete with other schools for the honor, like the students Booker T. Washington in Memphis did when the commander-in-chief gave his historic commencement address in 2011.

It is possible the topic of gun control will also come up on Thursday after a McGavock High School student was shot and killed allegedly by a fellow student off campus just two days before the president's visit.

They have been on an emotional high since finding out that the president planned to stop by. The school had less than a week to prepare for this visit and now it is bittersweet as they mourn the loss of a classmate.

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton and U. S. Congressman Steve Cohen are expected to attend. Action News 5's Anna Marie Hartman is expecting to meet with both of them Thursday.

The president is due to speak around 4 o'clock Thursday afternoon. Anna will be there and will bring you all the excitement from Nashville tonight on Action News 5.

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