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Obama began by expressing his condolences to the McGavock High School student body regarding the loss of a classmate to gun violence earlier this week. Obama began by expressing his condolences to the McGavock High School student body regarding the loss of a classmate to gun violence earlier this week.
He said the school's success makes Tennessee one of the fastest improving states in education. He said the school's success makes Tennessee one of the fastest improving states in education.

(WMC-TV) - President Barack Obama's speech at a Nashville public high school Tuesday emphasized the importance of education.

Obama began by expressing his condolences to the McGavock High School student body regarding the loss of a classmate to gun violence earlier this week.

"Some of you lost a good friend. So I want you to know that Michelle and I have been praying for all of you," said Obama, who quickly turned the speech to a positive note. "I've been planning to come to this school for a while because you've made great strides."

He focused on the once-struggling school's achievements and the model it sets for education across the country. He said the school's success makes Tennessee one of the fastest improving states in education.

Congressman Steve Cohen is glad McGavock High caught the president's attention as it garners exposure that could help Shelby County get more race-to the-top grants.

"Connections are important, relations are important in life and even more important politics in Washington," he said.

Outside the high school, Obama supporters of all ages were hoping for a glimpse of the motorcade; others expressed their discontent with the president's polices and spending.

But inside the auditorium, the class of young minds stayed focused on the future and their president, who offered hope that jobs will be plentiful.

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