By Sarah Plummer
For the 12th year in a row, Meadow Bridge High School is boasting 100 percent senior class voter registration and for the third year has been invited by Sen. Joe Manchin’s office to visit Washington D.C., May 2-3.
Principal Al Martine explained the idea of high school voter registration came from an initiative started while Manchin was secretary of state.
Today, Meadow Bridge appears to be the only school in the nation to hold this type of record, said Martine.
“I am proud that our seniors at MBHS have continued this tradition of 100 percent registration of eligible voters for the 12th straight year. It is a challenge the kids take on themselves from one year to another,” he said.
Meadow Bridge civics teacher Bethany Quinn said, “As U.S. citizens, we have certain rights, duties and responsibilities. Some duties and responsibilities include obeying the law, electing officials, voting on issues, participating when needed by the military and keeping check on the government we elect.
“It is imperative that every upcoming citizen know their rights and responsibilities, because they are what make us citizens of the greatest nation on earth.”
Senior Chastity Adams said, “I think every young person should go to Washington D.C., at least once so that they can have a deeper understanding of how government works.”
“Children of the United States of America should be well-informed about the workings of government, government leaders and the environment they work in,” added senior Joey Crookshanks.
Senior Chandra Harrah commented, “I believe going to Washington, D.C., particularly going somewhere like the White House or the Pentagon, is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
The seniors are currently raising funds for their trip, when they expect to tour a number of politically and culturally important locations, including the Kennedy Center and the Pentagon.
“A trip to our nation’s capital will hopefully solidify some of the rights, duties and responsibilities we have learned in civics, and will show students what these things look like when put to action by elected officials in the capital,” added Quinn.
Those interested in helping to fund the patriotic students’ trip to Washington, D.C., can send donations to Meadow Bridge High School, 870 Main St., Meadow Bridge, WV 25976.
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