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Shapiro Administration Announces 37 PA High Schools Earn Governor’s Civic Engagement Awards for Helping More Than 3,500 Eligible Students Register to Vote


Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania departments of State and Education announced today that 37 high schools in the commonwealth won Governor's Civic Engagement Awards (GCEA) during the 2022-23 school year.

Thirty-one schools won Gold Level Awards for registering to vote at least 85 percent of their eligible students. Six schools won Silver Level Awards for registering to vote at least 65 percent of their eligible students. In total, about 200 students helped register 3,519 of their peers to win Gold or Silver level awards for their schools.

"These prestigious awards honor high school students who engage their peers in the electoral process and empower them by ensuring their voice will be heard in determining the future of our country," Secretary of the Commonwealth Al Schmidt said.

In addition, 28 students from across the commonwealth won Student Poll Worker Awards for participating in a voter registration event at their school and serving as a poll worker in their communities on Election Day.

"Those students who served as poll workers on Election Day played an especially important role in our democracy by enabling others to vote," Schmidt added.

"The GCEA program provides our students with an excellent, hands-on experience in civics education," Secretary of Education Dr. Khalid N. Mumin said. "Congratulations to this year's winners, and thanks to all the school administrators, teachers, and parents who supported their efforts."

Here are the winning schools:

Gold Level Award

School NameCounty
Avonworth High SchoolAllegheny
Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts 6-12Allegheny
Pittsburgh Obama 6-12Allegheny
Leechburg High SchoolArmstrong/Westmoreland
Conrad Weiser High SchoolBerks
Carlisle High SchoolCumberland
Harrisburg High School: SciTech Campus     Dauphin
Middletown Area High SchoolDauphin
The Agnes Irwin SchoolDelaware/Montgomery
Fannett-Metal High SchoolFranklin
Indiana Area Senior High SchoolIndiana
Purchase Line High SchoolIndiana/Clearfield
Brookeville Area High SchoolJefferson
Union Area High SchoolLawrence
Building 21 High SchoolLehigh
Northwest Area Junior/Senior High School    Luzerne
Lower Merion High SchoolMontgomery
Academy at PalumboPhiladelphia
Arts Academy at Benjamin RushPhiladelphia
Central High SchoolPhiladelphia
Constitution High SchoolPhiladelphia
Friends Select SchoolPhiladelphia
Hill-Freedman World AcademyPhiladelphia
J.R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration SchoolPhiladelphia
Parkway Northwest High SchoolPhiladelphia
Penn Treaty SchoolPhiladelphia
Science Leadership AcademyPhiladelphia
Rockwood Area Junior/Senior High School   Somerset
Trinity Area School District/Senior High SchoolWashington
Mount Pleasant Area Senior High SchoolWestmoreland
Crispus Attucks Charter SchoolYork

Silver Level Award

South Fayette High SchoolAllegheny
Avon Grove High SchoolChester
Boiling Springs High SchoolCumberland
Fort LeBoeuf High SchoolErie
PA Virtual Charter SchoolMontgomery/Allegheny/Centre
William W. Bodine High School for International AffairsPhiladelphia


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