Rock Rapids, Iowa — Central Lyon High School is one school out of a record 31 Iowa high schools that have earned a state award this spring for significant achievements in registering students to vote.

Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate, the state’s top elections official, made a presentation Wednesday at West Marshall High School in State Center.

In total, Pate says nearly 34-thousand high school students are registered to vote this year.

Pate says the current voter participation trend among Iowa high school students is impressive when compared with previous generations.

Two other schools in our area were honored for getting at least 50 percent of their eligible students registered to vote. They were West Sioux High School in Hawarden and Sibley-Ocheyedan High School in Sibley.

The award is named after the famous Iowan who was instrumental in securing the passage of the 19th Amendment, granting women access to the ballot box 100 years ago.

Here is a list of the 31 schools that earned the award. Eight schools qualified for the award for the third straight year (denoted with three asterisks***). 11 schools qualified for the award for the second time (denoted with two asterisks**).

Central Community School (Elkader)
Diagonal Community School (Diagonal)
Hillcrest Academy (Kalona)**
Isaac Newton Christian Academy (Cedar Rapids)***
Marquette Catholic High School (Bellevue)**
Rivermont Collegiate (Bettendorf)***
St. Ansgar High School (St. Ansgar)
Valley Lutheran School (Cedar Falls)***
Waterloo Christian High School (Waterloo)
Ar-We-Va High School (Westside)
Woodward-Granger High School (Woodward)**
Lone Tree High School (Lone Tree)***
Notre Dame Catholic High School (Burlington)***
Fremont-Mills High School (Tabor)
Riceville High School (Riceville)**
Tripoli High School (Tripoli)
North Union High School (Armstrong)
Prairie High School (Cedar Rapids)**
Ballard High School (Huxley)***
Gladbrook-Reinbeck High School (Reinbeck)
Clayton Ridge High School (Guttenberg)**
West Marshall High School (State Center)
Norwalk High School (Norwalk)***
Mount Ayr High School (Mount Ayr)**
Urbandale High School (Urbandale)***
Newman Catholic High School (Mason City)**
Central Lyon High School (Rock Rapids)**
Collins-Maxwell High School (Maxwell)
Regina High School (Iowa City)
Denver High School (Denver)**
Bishop Garrigan High School (Algona)**

Schools that registered at least 70% of eligible students (10) will receive a commemorative banner recognizing their achievement:

Fairfield High School (Fairfield)
Turkey Valley High School (Jackson Junction)
Grundy Center High School (Grundy Center)
Oelwein High School (Oelwein)
Seymour Community High School (Seymour)
St. Mary’s High School (Storm Lake)
Lake Mills High School (Lake Mills)
West Monona High School (Onawa)
Underwood High School (Underwood)
Westwood High School (Sloan)

Schools that registered at least 50% of eligible students (17) will receive a personalized certificate from the Iowa Secretary of State:

Columbus Catholic High School (Waterloo)
West Sioux High School (Hawarden)
Sibley-Ocheyedan High School (Sibley)
Treynor High School (Treynor)
Harlan High School (Harlan)
Newell-Fonda High School (Newell)
Camanche High School (Camanche)
North Tama High School (Traer)
Maquoketa Community High School (Maquoketa)
Estherville Lincoln Central High School (Estherville)
Dubuque Senior High School (Dubuque)
West Delaware High School (Manchester)
Atlantic High School (Atlantic)
Le Mars High School (Le Mars)
East Buchanan High School (Winthrop)
South Page High School (College Springs)
Southwest Valley High School (Corning)

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