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Secretary of State Ross Miller will present students of Western High School with a National Secretaries of State (NASS) Medallion Award
Posted Date: 12/11/2008
(Las Vegas, NV) – On Friday December 12th, Secretary of State Ross Miller will present students of Western High School with a National Secretaries of State (NASS) Medallion Award. The NASS Medallion is awarded in recognition of outstanding service and dedication to furthering the mission of the NASS within the states. The students are being recognized for their efforts in achieving the highest percentage of voter turnout in the 2008 Nevada Student/Parent Mock Election.

Over 23,800 students from 111 schools across Nevada cast their vote in the national program in which students nationwide voted for president, members of congress, governors (in applicable states) and select national issues. Nationally, 5,125,846 students and parents from 55 U.S. states and jurisdictions voted in the 2008 National Student/Parent Mock Election (NSPME).

Secretary of State Miller also awarded the students of Craig Fabbi’s AP US government class with a pizza party for organizing the school’s mock election and getting over 2,300 students and teachers to participate.

“The exceptional turnout and enthusiasm of the students at Western High School for the Mock Election embodies the true spirit of democracy,” said Secretary Miller. “Through the experience, students’ will gain a greater understanding and appreciation of the right to vote.”

Secretary Miller was the state coordinator for the 2008 NSPME working in conjunction with the Nevada Department of Education and the League of Women Voters of Northern Nevada to encourage schools throughout the state to participate in the mock election.

About National Student/Parent Mock Election:

The NSPME is the nation’s oldest, largest and most successful voter education project. Since the program began 28 years ago, almost 50 million students and parents have participated in the project, with 67 percent of the states now officially partnering with the NSPME. In the 2004 presidential election, a total of four million votes were cast from all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and American schools around the world.

The NSPME garnered an outstanding network of partners to enhance the 2008 Mock Election including the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation; the PTA; the National Council for the Social Studies; the American Association of School Administrators; the Council of the Great City Schools; the National Association of Elementary School Principals; the National Association of Secondary School Principals; and USA Today. Google collected the votes in all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and in American schools overseas and USA Today hosted the national election headquarters for the NSPME.