Hillcrest Academy Wins The Carrie Chapman Catt Award
Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate presented Hillcrest Academy with the Carrie Chapman Catt Award for having 100% of the eligible members of the senior class register to vote. In an effort to boost 18 year old participation in the voting process, the Secretary of State’s office began the Carrie Chapman Catt award to encourage schools to register their students. Secretary of State Pate visits each school which achieves the 90% registration rate and presents them with a trophy. During his visit, Pate reminded students of the importance of making their voices heard, especially through the voting process.
Pate stayed to answer questions from the American Government class. Students asked about election integrity, the election process in general, and how he became involved in politics, as well as his opinions on the Electoral College and the likelihood of Iowa remaining as the first caucus state. Senior Gabe Bruns said, “It was interesting to listen to Mr. Pate and hear about how he sees the voting process, his views on the Electoral College and how he sees the importance of new voters in that process.”
This is the second year in a row Hillcrest Academy has won the award.