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Recognition and Honors
AP Government Class receives Capitol Award

Valley High School is the first ever recipient of the Capitol Award presented by the Iowa Secretary of State. We were selected as a result of Valley’s successful voter registration efforts that led to over 300 students registering to vote. Secondary Social Studies Curriculum Lead and a Social Studies Teacher Kelsey Hudson helped drive the initiative and shared the significance of this recognition. 

“I am excited that we received the Capitol Award because our students in West Des Moines are the future of the state and the nation. We want our students to be active and engaged citizens, and registering to vote is the first step in engaging in that process. Our mission statement as a district includes educating students so that they 'contribute to a diverse and changing world,' and engaging in our democratic process is an important part of contributing to society."

Valley’s Constitution and Citizenship Day lessons for seniors focused on the responsibilities of citizens in a democratic republic, specifically on voting. Teachers discussed the impact of voting in local, state, and national elections before encouraging them to register to vote and providing them with the tools needed to register.