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Walnut Creek Campus Qualifies For Carrie Chapman Catt Award

Walnut Creek Campus has qualified for the Carrie Chapman Catt Award, Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate announced Tuesday, Feb. 11.

Pate is encouraging high schools across Iowa to conduct voter registration drives on Tuesday, March 3. Every school that registers 90 percent of its eligible students to vote receives the Carrie Chapman Catt Award, named after the Iowan who was a national leader in the women’s suffrage movement, the Secretary Pate’s Office said in a news release.

“Schools are required by state law to conduct voter registration drives, but we want this to be a fun activity and hopefully inspire some competition between the schools,” Secretary Pate said in the release. “We also want young people to understand that registering to vote and participating in elections are the best ways to make sure your voice is heard.”

Read the full news release from Secretary Pate’s Office

Walnut Creek Campus is one of nine schools to have already qualified for the award. Alexander Hammer, a social studies teacher at Walnut Creek Campus, was the leading force in making this a worthwhile opportunity for students.

“At Walnut Creek we strive to show our students the power of being an engaged citizen in their community,” Hammer said. “Registering to vote is an important first step in becoming an active citizen. I am very proud of our senior class for taking this step as they move into the next phase of their lives.”

A new state law allows 17-year-olds to register to vote in Iowa, the news release said. Students can also participate in the June primary election if they will be 18 years old on or before the November 3 general election. There are approximately 5,000 17-year-olds registered to vote in Iowa.

Walnut Creek Campus Principal Kim Davis, Ed.D., applauded Hammer and students for what they’ve accomplished.

“I think it is terrific that our social studies department helped all of our students to understand their civic responsibility and how important it is for each person to register and vote,” Dr. Davis said.