Charleston, W. Va. – Following last week's announcement of the 2019-2020 Jennings Randolph Award-winning schools, today, Secretary of State Mac Warner announced the list of students recognized as Honorary Secretaries of State. The full list of students is below.
The Honorary Secretary of State program recognizes high school students who are committed to registering, informing, and mobilizing their peers to vote. Honorees are from Jennings Randolph Award-winning schools and are nominated by their teachers for their efforts.
Honorees are invited to spend time at the West Virginia State Capitol, learning about the duties of the Secretary of State's Office and the functions of the State Legislature. Many 2019-2020 Honorary Secretaries of State were able to participate in the 2020 Legislative Session.
"These students are leaders in their schools and future leaders in their communities," Warner said. "Their commitment to voter engagement is a reflection of their interest in the electoral process and the betterment of our state."
Now in its 26th year, the Jennings Randolph Award program is an effort by the Secretary of State’s office working with county clerks to encourage students to discuss the importance of civic engagement and to register to vote. The Award is named for the late U.S. Senator Jennings Randolph, a West Virginia native, who sponsored the 26th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which reduced the voting age from 21 to 18.
More than 40 high schools participated in the Jennings Randolph Award program during the 2019-2020 school year. Up to two students from each award-winning school may be recognized as Honorary Secretaries of State.
Since taking office in January of 2017, Secretary Warner has led the effort to register more than 62,000 high school students to vote.
Schools interested in the Jennings Randolph Award or Honorary Secretary of State program should visit our website for more information.
2019-2020 Honorary Secretary of State Award Recipients
Berkeley CountyHedgesville High School – Bridget Hall & Maree Guinevere Dieterich
Boone CountyScott High School – Chloe Older & Haylee MillerSherman High School – Jacob Massey & Abby BoltonVan High School – Christopher Blake Martin & Kensley White
Meadow Bridge High School – Betty Watson & Zeph SimsMidland Trail High School – Austin Simms & Zachary WoodOak Hill High School – Lane Jordan & Nathaniel Bloomfield
Hancock CountyWeir High School – Sarah Hudacheck & Olivia Dowler
Jackson CountyRavenswood High School – Levi FrenchRipley High School – Trey Jones & Garrison Phillips
Kanawha CountyCapital High School – Madison StatenNitro High School – Lydia Sweat & Piper VanceSaint Albans High School – Trevor Morris & Dami Oyedekin
Logan CountyLogan High School – Sara Fortune
Mercer CountyMontcalm High School – Brendan Blankenship & Katlyn WilliamsPikeview High School – Gabriella Gray & Logan Krauss
Mingo CountyMingo Central High School – Emily Cline & Trace ClarkTug Valley High School – Makayla Jarvis
Monroe CountyJames Monroe High School – Abby Fraley
Nicholas CountyNicholas High School – Galilea VillasenorRichwood High School – Jacey Miller & Shade Rader
Putnam CountyBuffalo High School – Josie Moore
Raleigh CountyIndependence High School – Hayden Miller & Taylon CollinsLiberty High School – Elijah Hensley & Alyssa McGheeShady Spring High School – Jillian Mitchell & Caleb RoarkWoodrow Wilson High School – Mercedes Lovell
Tyler CountyTyler Consolidated High School – Creed Ammons & Jonus Glover
Upshur CountyBuckhannon-Upshur High School – Mya Ramos & Morgan Goodman
Wetzel CountyHundred High School – Logan Norris & Matthew Riley
Wyoming CountyWestside High School – Julie Brown & Molly Cook