Scott County Auditor Kerri Tompkins and Secretary Pate presenting the trophy to student

BETTENDORF, IOWA (September 19, 2022) — Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate presented the Carrie Chapman Catt Award to Rivermont Collegiate on Thursday, September 15. The award goes to any school that registers at least 90% of eligible students to vote. Last year was the school’s third time achieving the award.

“The students at Rivermont Collegiate have shown for three years in a row how dedicated they are to their community by registering to vote,” Sec Pate said. “The faculty and staff have been consistent and have done a great job and engaging their students in civics and guiding them to take the first step in the voting process.”

The award was presented at an assembly of students, teachers, and administrators.

“Rivermont is honored to receive the Carrie Chapman Catt award for the third year in a row,” said Collin Lawrence, Assistant Head of School and Director of Residential Life. Democracy depends on an informed citizenry and here at Rivermont we take it as our mission to promote intellect, character, and creativity in our students. Voting is one way that American citizens can make their voices heard and it is especially important for young people to learn about and become involved in that process. We applaud the state of Iowa for promoting youth voter registration.”

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

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