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DES MOINES, Wash. -- Spirits are soaring at Des Moines' Aviation High School over a special invitation this weekend.

While President Barack Obama makes two campaign stops in Seattle Sunday, he has invited students from Aviation to attend a fundraiser at the Paramount Theater.

The president says he wants to highlight the school's success, but Republican critics are calling the invite a ploy.

Aviation High School is a national model for STEM schools that focus on science, technology, engineering and math. Curriculum specializes in preparing students for careers including astronauts, engineers and astro physicists.

It's simply a political ploy, says Peter Graves, representing Washington State Republicans. It's nothing more than touting policies that he can't claim credit for.

In a way, we're also using the president as a prop, says one student. He's going to talk to a whole room of donors...about our school.

The school was founded long before Obama took office, but, so far, he hasnt taken credit for it.

Tickets for the fundraiser start at $1,000.

Aviation High School is part of the Highline School District.

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