Saint Albans students recognized for helping classmates register to vote

 CHARLESTON, W.Va. – On Wednesday, February 21st, WV Secretary of State Mac Warner hosted two student leaders from Saint Albans High School (SAHS) as his honored guests at the State Capitol.

Daeonii Robinson and Morgandy Nichols – both members of the 2024 graduating class at SAHS – were recommended by their principal to represent their high school as Honorary Secretaries of State for their efforts to register members of the senior class to vote. Nominations for Honorary Secretaries of State are only accepted by those high schools that qualify for the Jennings Randolph Award. To qualify for the Award, a West Virginia high school must host a student-led effort to register at least 85% of their eligible senior class to vote.

Del. Walter Hall, Secretary of State Mac Warner, Morgandy Nichols, Daeonii Robinson and SAHS AP Government Teacher Greg Ward.

Started by the WV Secretary of State’s Office in 1994, the Jennings Randolph Award for Civic Engagement commemorates West Virginia’s late U.S. Senator Jennings Randolph’s legacy as the Father of the 26th Amendment. One of the defining moments in voting rights history, the 26th Amendment was passed in 1971. The Amendment lowered the voting age from 21 to 18.

“With the designation of Honorary Secretaries of State, Robinson and Nichols have proven to their school, community, and state that they are committed to seeing more young people in West Virginia voting and playing an active role in our government,” said Secretary of State Mac Warner. “Fewer than 30 high schools in the state will receive this prestigious recognition for the 2023-24 school year.”

In addition to a tour of the WV Secretary of State’s Office and the State Capitol, Delegate Walter Hall recognized Robinson and Nichols during the House of Delegates floor session. Delegate Hall is an elected representative of Kanawha County and the Assistant Majority Whip in the WV House of Delegates.


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