FMHS Receives the Carrie Chapman Catt Award for the 2019-2020 School Year

Fort Madison High School was one of eighteen schools in Iowa to get above 90% of our eligible students registered to vote. Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate gave us the Carrie Chapman Catt award because of this accomplishment.

FMHS was awarded the Carrie Chapman Catt Award from Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate on October 14th, 2020. Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate announced 18 schools qualified for the Carrie Chapman Catt Award for the 2019-20 school year. The award is given to schools that register at least 90 percent of their eligible students to vote, and Fort Madison High School was 1 of 18 schools statewide to achieve the award.

Iowa Secretary of State talking with our seniors about the importance of voting!

Secretary Pate created the award last September to encourage voter registration in high schools and to promote the new state law that allows 17-year-olds to register and to participate in primary elections.

Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate with the trophy!

“I want to congratulate the 18 schools that stepped up and got at least 90% of their eligible students to register to vote during this school year,” Secretary Pate said. “That is a remarkable achievement and shows true dedication on behalf of principals, teachers, and most importantly, the students.”

Students show off our new award!

Secretary Pate stopped by Fort Madison High School yesterday (October 14th) to present the Carrie Chapman Catt trophy to seniors. He quickly gave a well-informed lesson on the history of Carrie Chapman Catt. Mr. Ehlers initiated this project last year at the Fort Madison High School.

Seniors pose with the Carrie Chapman Catt trophy and Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate!

Here is a list of the schools that qualified for the Carrie Chapman Catt Award:

CARRIE CHAPMAN CATT AWARD WINNERS
Isaac Newton Christian Academy (Cedar Rapids, IA)
Rivermont Collegiate (Bettendorf, IA)
South Page High School (College Springs, IA)
St. Mary’s High School (Storm Lake, IA)
Valley Lutheran School (Cedar Falls, IA)
Lone Tree High School (Lone Tree, IA)
Pella Christian High School (Pella, IA)
Ballard High School (Huxley, IA)
Walnut Creek Campus (West Des Moines, IA)
Notre Dame Catholic High School (Burlington, IA)
Fort Madison High School (Fort Madison, IA)
Norwalk High School (Norwalk, IA)
Woodward-Granger High School (Woodward, IA)
Newman Catholic High School (Mason City, IA)
Baxter High School (Baxter, IA)
Nashua-Plainfield High School (Nashua, IA)
Prairie High School (Cedar Rapids, IA)
Urbandale High School (Urbandale, IA)

Along with those 18 schools, 10 more registered at least 70 percent of eligible students and will receive a commemorative banner recognizing their achievement. Nine more schools registered at least 50 percent of eligible students and will receive a personalized certificate from the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office.

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