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Western Pennsylvania school recognized for civic engagement

Jamie Martines
| Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, 3:00 p.m.

The students at Purchase Line High School in Indiana County were recognized for their efforts to encourage civic participation by the Pennsylvania Department of State on Wednesday.

Purchase Line is the second school in the state to receive the Governor's Civic Engagement Award, which was founded this year as a cooperative effort by the Pennsylvania Departments of State and Education, along with the nonprofit Inspire U.S.

The award recognizes schools that achieve at least 85 percent voter registration among the school's eligible student population. Students may register to vote if they are 18 years old or will turn 18 on or before the date of the next election.

Of the 430 students enrolled at Purchase Line Junior-Senior High School during the 2016-17 school year, 83 were juniors and 76 were seniors, according to state Department of Education data.

Conestoga High School in Chester County became the first school to receive the Governor's Civic Engagement Award in November.

"This award reflects long-standing practices within the Purchase Line School District social studies department to instill in the Purchase Line student body their role as future voters," school Superintendent Joseph Bradley said in a statement. "Furthermore, this award aligns with the PLSD community's strong sense of love of country, respect for those that serve or served, and protection of our citizens' rights."

The nonprofit Inspire U.S. has run voter registration programs in 200 high schools across Arizona, Colorado, Kentucky, Nevada, Virginia and West Virginia.

The organization expanded to Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin in 2017.

Jamie Martines is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at jmartines@tribweb.com, 724-850-2867 or on Twitter @Jamie_Martines.

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