On Wednesday, the Secretary of State’s Office presented Tucker County High School with the Jennings Randolph Award.
This year, Tucker County High School was 1 out of 22 schools in the state to get the award, which recognizes schools that have a 100% voter registration of eligible students.
The office held 88 voter registration drives in high schools this year registering 14,399 students.
“Registering to vote is the first step. It’s the most important step, because you can’t vote if you aren’t registered, and that’s where the civics teachers and the schools come in. It is encouraging the students to learn about the candidates, to learn about the issues because there are a lot of issues on the ballot as well,” said Mike Queen of the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office.
The award is named for former US senator Jennings Randolph, who authored the 26th amendment giving 18-year-olds the right to vote.