This year is the 100th Anniversary of the 19th amendment getting passed – this amendment allows women to vote and fully participate in the democracy process. This week, it was announced 18 schools qualified for the Carrie Chapman Catt Award for the 2019-20 school year, including Nashua-Plainfield High School. The award is given to schools that register at least 90 percent of their eligible students to vote.
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.
Nashua-Plainfield High School registered 90 percent of its eligible students.
Katherine Ortmayer English teacher at Nashua-Plainfield High School said,”As a former intern at the Carrie Chapman Catt Girlhood Home and current teacher at Nashua-Plainfield High School, located only 6 miles away, I am so proud that our student body has chosen to honor Catt’s legacy by registering to vote, a right that she spent her life fighting to expand.”
Here is a list of the schools that qualified for the Carrie Chapman Catt Award. Each school will be honored during a formal trophy presentation at a later time.
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)
And Charles City High School was among a group of 9 others who were able to register 70%-plus of their eligible students – not quite able to reach that 90% threshold to secure the award. Carrie Chapman Catt grew up in the Charles City area and the childhood home is actively creating events all year long for the anniversary.