HS to Receive Governor's Civic Engagement Award
Fox Chapel Area High School has earned the Gold Level of the Governor’s Civic Engagement Award. The award recognizes and commemorates the efforts of the next generation of leaders to educate, engage, and inform their fellow students about how to get involved in the voting process. Specifically, through the leadership of their peers, 85.3 percent of Fox Chapel Area High School eligible seniors registered to vote this year. They were led by seniors Kieran Bartels, Diana Beasley, Christopher Bonavita, Alyssa DiPaolo, Anna Hirsch, Lainey Kasian, Madeline Macek, Elizabeth Mountz, Rebekah Polcyn, Deirdre Roberts, Tao Sheng, Bridget Wang, Briana Warner, Molly Wiese, and Georgina Zimmerman. The Fox Chapel Area students were assisted with the peer-to-peer voter registration by Inspire U.S., a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization. Inspire U.S. worked with the students and gave them tips and guidance on how to run a voter registration drive. The students made presentations to their peers through social studies classes and followed up by personally speaking with students to see if they needed help registering and offering their assistance. The students also held a voter registration drive during the lunch periods.
According to Fox Chapel Area School District Superintendent Gene Freeman, Ed.D., “We are very proud of our young men and women for being so civic-minded. The fact that our students rallied and were able to get so many of their peers registered to vote is phenomenal.”
The award will be presented at the school May 29, 2018, at 1:30 p.m. in the large group instruction room. It will be presented by Peter Speaks, the deputy secretary for regulatory programs from the Pennsylvania Department of State. The award is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Departments of State and Education, in collaboration with Inspire U.S.