Lafayette High School honored for 100 percent voter registration
The Kentucky Secretary of State's Office says one Lexington high school stood above the rest when it came to voter registration.
Seniors at Lafayette High School were preparing for their graduation ceremony, when Secretary of State Alison Luindergan Grimes surprised the student with the Georgia Davis Powers Award for their voter registration efforts.
A team of seniors worked with their peers to make sure all students eligible to vote were registered, totaling 770 students in the past two years.
"All of those people in that room that we just saw, all of those people are registered to vote, and if they're gonna go out to vote, they're gonna be passionate about something, and I want my representatives to know that they have opinions and they care," 2017 graduate Gabriella Epley said.
Students say the voter registration efforts were non-partisan.
"The beauty of this school is it's a very diverse culture," senior Eli Dreyer said, "We have all opinions represented here, and I've seen a large variety of individuals here with passions in different subjects."
This is the third year for the award, which is named after the first black woman to be elected to the Kentucky Senate.
"[It is] in honor of a woman who made her mark in Frankfort, and we hope that these kids will do just the same across the Commonwealth of Kentucky," Grimes said.
Lafayette High School is one of two schools in the state that managed to have 100 percent voter registration of all eligible students.