Chapman Catt Award

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate presented the 2021-2022 Carrie Chapman Catt Award to Central Community High School on Tuesday, September 20. The award goes to any school that registers at least 90% of eligible students to vote. “Last year the senior class at Central Community Schools in Elkader stepped up to the plate and got started in the voting process by getting registered,” Secretary Pate said. “Great job by the teachers and administrators here to engage students in civics. The students in the school are showing dedication to their community by registering to vote.” The award was presented during at reception at the Iowa State Capitol to students of Central Community. "The Carrie Chapman Catt Award is a great opportunity to recognize the civic engagement of students helping get eligible voters registered to vote,” said Mark Wiley, a social studies teacher for Central Community. “Central's American Government class worked to encourage all students to register, helped students register, and took the pledge to vote." 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.