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Students Recognized for Their Passion for Politics

They organized successful voter registration drives and volunteered as poll workers


Six high schools in southwest Pennsylvania received Governor's Civic Engagement Awards Tuesday for registering to vote at least 65 percent of their voter-eligible students. The program encourages voter-eligible Pennsylvania high school students to participate in elections as voter registration drive organizers, voters and poll workers.

"This is an incredible achievement. You should be proud of yourselves." Kathy Boockvar, Acting Secretary of State

The award is presented by the Pennsylvania Departments of State and Education and the Governor's Office, in collaboration with Inspire U.S ., a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that trains and assists students working to increase voter participation.

Two high schools that registered 85 percent or more of their eligible students received Gold Level awards:

  • Kiski Area High School, Westmoreland County
  • Purchase Line Junior/Senior High School, Indiana County.

Four schools received Silver Level awards for registering at least 65 percent of their eligible students:

  • Albert Gallatin Area High School in Fayette County
  • Canon-McMillan High School, Washington County
  • Trinity High School, Washington County
  • South Fayette High School, Allegheny County.

Six students - four from Kiski Area High School and one each from Canon-McMillan and Trinity high schools - received individual awards, new this year, for registering their peers and also serving as poll workers for the November 2018 election.

This year 23 high schools around the state earned GCEA awards out of 63 schools that participated ( click here to see them all ). A total of 3,109 eligible students were registered to vote through the program.

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