Vega HS earns top marks as state begins student voting initiative

Vega HS earns top marks as state begins student voting initiative
Source: KFDA
Source: KFDA
Source: KFDA
Source: KFDA

VEGA, TX (KFDA) - Vega High School is being recognized by top state officials for its effort to encourage student voting registration.

The statewide strategy was sparked by Secretary of State Rolando Pablos, who called on all superintendents to pledge to the 2017 High School Voter Registration Initiative following a study that showed only 14 percent of schools requested voter registration forms last year.

In Vega, principal Kassidy Rosas says nearly 100 percent of eligible students are registered voters at her school.

"I think that is shocking. When we see data like that we are shocked," said Rosas.

Rosas says they've held schoolwide voter registration for several years because their goal is to inspire their students to be active members of society.

"We are promoting from a young age all the way up it's important to vote," she said. "I think it's important for politicians to hear our voice."

A reason she thinks so many registered is because of the senior requirement to take a government and economics class. Rosas says she hopes the state's effort will encourage other schools to reach the 100 percent mark.

"There's so many things educators are doing, we just need to make sure this is one of those other things we are putting in the forefront," said Rosas.

Vega High School is hosting their next student voter registration for the November election.

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