Governor’s Civic Engagement Award

June 16, 2020

High School Civic Engagement Award Program Sees Significant Growth in 2020

Harrisburg, PA — The Pennsylvania Departments of State and Education announced today that 42 high schools in the commonwealth won Governor’s Civic Engagement Awards (GCEA) for registering to vote 4,035 eligible students in the 2019-20 school year. Nearly 160 schools participated in the program.

The GCEA program 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 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.

“Congratulations to the schools and individual students who won this prestigious award. By engaging and registering our youngest eligible voters, they are strengthening the future of our democracy,” Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar said. “I am very pleased to see the growing popularity of this 3-year-old program that encourages peer-to-peer civic education and participation as poll workers and voters.”

During this school year, which was cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic, 2 ½ times more schools participated and nearly twice as many schools won awards than last year.

In the 2018-19 school year, 63 high schools participated in the GCEA program, 23 schools won awards, and 3,019 eligible students were registered to vote. In the first year of the program, 16 high schools earned awards and 2,955 eligible students were registered to vote.

“Pennsylvania students are civic-minded and care about the future of their communities,” Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera said. “Registering to vote is a critical step to having their voices heard, and I’m proud that so many students are prepared to exercise their right to vote.”

This year’s 42 winning schools are in 23 counties across the commonwealth, plus one statewide charter school. PA Virtual Charter School is the first virtual school to earn a GCEA award.

Twenty-four schools earned Gold Level Awards for registering to vote at least 85 percent of their eligible students. Three schools won the Gold Level Award for the third year in a row: Carlisle High School in Cumberland County and Northwest Area Junior/Senior High School and Wyoming Valley West High School in Luzerne County.

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

The winning schools are listed by county below:

County  School Name  Award
Allegheny  Brentwood High School  Gold
Allegheny  City Charter High School  Silver
Allegheny  Deer Lakes High School  Silver
Allegheny  Elizabeth Forward High School  Silver
Armstrong  Leechburg Middle/Senior High School  Gold
Berks  Conrad Weiser High School  Gold
Bucks  Morrisville High School  Silver
Cambria  Westmont Hilltop Junior/Senior High School  Silver
Chester  Conestoga High School  Silver
Chester  Downingtown STEM Academy  Silver
Cumberland  Carlisle High School  Gold
Cumberland  Boiling Springs High School  Silver
Delaware  Haverford High School  Gold
Delaware  The Academy of Notre Dame de Namur  Gold
Erie  North East High School  Silver
Franklin  Fannett-Metal High School  Gold
Jefferson/Elk  Brockway Area Junior/Senior High School  Gold
Lancaster  Garden Spot High School  Silver
Lawrence  Union Area High School  Gold
Lehigh  Building 21 Allentown  Gold
Lehigh  Moravian Academy  Silver
Luzerne  Northwest Area Junior/Senior High School  Gold
Luzerne  Wyoming Valley West High School  Gold
Luzerne  Dallas High School  Silver
Luzerne  Elmer L. Meyers Junior/Senior High School  Silver
Lycoming  South Williamsport Area High School  Gold
Mercer  Greenville Junior/Senior High School  Gold
Mercer  Sharpsville Area High School  Gold
Montgomery  AIM Academy  Gold
Philadelphia  Arts Academy at Benjamin Rush  Gold
Philadelphia  Central High School  Gold
Philadelphia  Friends Select School  Gold
Philadelphia  Girard Academic Music Program  Gold
Philadelphia  Murrell Dobbins CTE High School  Gold
Philadelphia  Parkway Northwest High School for Peace & Social Justice  Gold
Philadelphia  Bodine High School for International Affairs  Silver
Venango  Cranberry Area Junior/Senior High School  Gold
Washington  Trinity High School  Silver
Westmoreland  Mt. Pleasant Area Junior/Senior High School  Gold
Westmoreland  Franklin Regional High School  Silver
Westmoreland/Armstrong  Kiski Area High School  Silver
Statewide  PA Virtual Charter School  Silver

In addition, 12 students from seven counties won individual GCEA awards. They were nominated by educators at their schools for being leaders in student voter registration and for their service as poll workers on election day in November 2019.

Regional recognition events for the winners were cancelled due to the COVID-19 emergency. Instead, individual and school winners will receive their awards in the mail.



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