CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Secretary of State Mac Warner is proud to announce that Scott High School seniors Jessica Miller and Mary Griffith have been selected for the “Honorary Secretary of State” program for their efforts to register their classmates and neighbors to vote.
The “Honorary Secretary of State” program is joint venture between the Secretary of State’s Office and Inspire West Virginia – a non-partisan organization aimed at encouraging eligible high school juniors and seniors to register to vote. Inspire-WV hosts a year-long program to engage West Virginia’s young adults to become active and educated voters regardless of their political affiliation.
On Wednesday morning in a press conference held in the Secretary of State’s Office in the State Capitol, Secretary Warner introduced Miller and Griffith and congratulated them and their high school.
“Registering to vote should be an important rite of passage for young adults,” Warner said. “When young people vote, they reaffirm everything our forefathers fought for and help keep the flame of democracy lit for the next generation.
“Jessica Miller and Mary Griffith have taken the time to educate their peers on the importance of the election process by getting them registered to vote. Millennials across this nation, and especially in West Virginia are voting, they’re running for office and they’re getting elected. Continuing to give this upcoming generation a voice in their government will be one way for us to keep them here in West Virginia,” Warner said.
Miller and Griffith are seniors at Scott High School. After graduating high school Miller plans to major in biochemistry at West Virginia University with the hopes of becoming a doctor. Griffith also plans to pursue a career in the medical profession.
"Jessica Miller and Mary Griffith are both exceptional Inspired Leaders who have displayed both passion and persistence to register and engage their peers in the democratic process,” said Olivia McCuskey, Program Coordinator for Inspire-WV. “Both of these young ladies came highly recommended to me by an Inspired Alumnus, and they have more than lived up to the standard set in their recommendation. They are both passionate about encouraging their peers to become more civically engaged for the betterment of their community and our state as a whole."
“I want to be an Honorary Secretary of State because I am very interested in politics, and this is great exposure to an office I might like to run for one day,” Miller said. “I am passionate about civic engagement and voter registration because I feel it is important for everyone to voice their opinion.”
“I feel that the Secretary of State position is one of the more prestigious offices that one can hold,” Griffith said. “The importance of a well-qualified Secretary of State affects the integrity of every political office held statewide. It is truly an honor to be selected to spend a day with the Secretary of State.”
Secretary Warner indicated that a total of 16 students have qualified this year for the “Honorary Secretary of State” recognition.
Pictured (from left to right): Delegate Rodney Miller, D-Boone; Secretary of State Mac Warner; Scott High School seniors Jessica Miller and Mary Griffith; and Senator Ron Stollings, D-Boone.