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Governor’s Civic Engagement Award Winners Announced for 2020-21 School Year


Harrisburg, PA — The Pennsylvania Departments of State and Education announced today that 27 high schools in 18 counties across the commonwealth and one statewide charter school won Governor's Civic Engagement Awards (GCEA) for the 2020-21 school year. Nearly 70 schools participated in the program and registered to vote 2,741 eligible students.

Additionally, 30 students from three counties won individual Student Poll Worker Awards. They were nominated by educators at their high schools for their service as poll workers for the 2020 presidential election and for being leaders in student voter registration.

"Congratulations to the schools and individual students who won this prestigious award. This year's winners deserve extra credit for conducting their civic engagement efforts during a pandemic when many schools were operating virtually," Acting Secretary of State Veronica W. Degraffenreid said. "Through their focus and passion, they demonstrated that nothing can interrupt the democratic process in our commonwealth."

The GCEA program, now in its fourth year, encourages Pennsylvania high school students to participate in elections by voting, organizing voter registration drives and volunteering as poll workers. Students are eligible to register to vote if they are 18 years of age or will turn 18 on or before the date of the next primary, special, municipal, or general election. 

"Intentional dialogues allow for PA students to pose questions and play a role in developing solutions aimed at creating positive change in their communities," said Acting Secretary of Education Noe Ortega. "I applaud our high school students for promoting and encouraging their peers on the importance of civic engagement in their communities."

The winners received their awards today at a virtual ceremony.

Twelve schools earned Gold Level Awards for registering to vote at least 85 percent of their eligible students. Northwest Area Junior/Senior High School in Luzerne County won a Gold Level Award for the fourth year in a row.

Fifteen schools earned Silver Level Awards for registering to vote between 65 percent and 84 percent of their eligible students.

CountySchool NameAward
AlleghenyCity Charter High SchoolSilver
 Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts 6-12Silver
BerksConrad Weiser High SchoolGold
ChesterConestoga High SchoolSilver
CumberlandBoiling Springs High SchoolGold
 Carlisle High SchoolSilver
DauphinMiddletown Area High SchoolSilver
ElkSt. Marys Area High SchoolSilver
ErieFort LeBoeuf High SchoolSilver
FranklinFannett-Metal High SchoolGold
IndianaUnited Junior/Senior High SchoolGold
Jefferson/ElkBrockway Junior/Senior High SchoolGold
LawrenceUnion Area High SchoolGold
LehighBuilding 21 High School AllentownSilver
LuzerneNorthwest Area Junior/Senior High SchoolGold
MonroeStroudsburg High SchoolSilver
NorthamptonMoravian AcademySilver
PhiladelphiaCentral High SchoolGold
 Community Academy of Philadelphia Charter SchoolSilver
 Friends Select SchoolGold
 J.R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration SchoolGold
 Murrell Dobbins CTE High SchoolGold
 Parkway Northwest High School for Peace and JusticeGold
 William W. Bodine High School for International AffairsSilver
WashingtonTrinity High SchoolSilver
YorkRed Lion Area Senior High SchoolSilver
StatewidePA Virtual Charter SchoolSilver

Winners of the Student Poll Worker Award include:

  • From Fox Chapel Area High School in Allegheny County – Zachary Auth, Harrison Caliq, Elena Conway, Alexa Correnti, Antoinette Faucher, Emily Fera, Abdulla Ghazi, Isabella Hamm, Ashley Jones, Ava Kazmierczak, Isabella Krisky, David Kronman, Emily Li, Isabella Liberto, David Merriman, Jocelyn Morningstar, Madeline Myerburg, Sophia Oehrle, Hayden Rutkowski, Elizabeth Schwartzman, Tyler Weinberger and Kaylee Werner
  • From Harrisburg Academy in Dauphin County – Connor Joyce
  • From Central High School in Philadelphia – Sajda Adam, Benita Balogun, Maryem Bouatlaoui, Eden McLendon, and Sheyla Street
  • From Julia R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School in Philadelphia – Darlene Leohansson and Irene Yaravoi

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