BY EMMA PEPPER, DIRECTOR OF STRATEGIC NETWORK COMMUNICATIONS, THE HUB
Secretary of State Mac Warner announced 28 West Virginian high schools that qualified for the Jennings Randolph Award for the 2018-19 school year.
In 1993, then-WV Secretary of State Ken Hechler created the Jennings Randolph Award to recognize Randolph’s effort and to encourage young people to register to vote. The Jennings Randolph Award recognizes student-led voter registration efforts where 100 percent of the school’s eligible students register to vote (regardless of political party affiliation) during the school year.
During the 2018-19 school year, the Jennings Randolph Award celebrated its 25th anniversary.
Over the last 29 months, West Virginia has registered more than 36,000 eligible high school students to vote.
Many of the schools recognized this year were supported by a student/peer-led nonpartisan organization called Inspire WV. If you are a student or teacher interested in involving your school in this process, sign up at https://www.inspire-usa.org/high_school_signup.
The 2018-19 awardees are:
- Berkeley Springs High School – Morgan County
- Braxton County High School – Braxton County
- Clay County High School – Clay County
- Fayetteville High School – Fayette County
- Frankfort High School – Mineral County
- Hannan High School – Mason County
- Hedgesville High School – Berkeley County
- Hundred High School – Wetzel County
- Independence High School – Raleigh County
- Logan High School – Logan County
- Man High School – Logan County
- Meadow Bridge High School – Fayette County
- Midland Trail High School – Fayette County
- Mount View High School – McDowell County
- Nicholas County High School – Nicholas County
- Nitro High School – Kanawha County
- Oak Hill High School – Fayette County
- Poca High School – Putnam County
- Ravenswood High School – Jackson County
- Richwood High School – Nicholas County
- Roane County High School – Roane County
- Scott High School – Boone County
- Shady Spring High School – Raleigh County
- Summers County High School – Summers County
- Trinity Christian School – Monongalia County
- Van High School – Boone County
- Valley High School – Fayette County
- Williamstown High School – Wood County