Lake Area High School seniors vote in their first presidential election
On Tuesday, Nov. 1, the New Beginnings Schools Foundation (NBSF) provided 56 Lake Area New Tech Early College High School seniors the opportunity to exercise their right to vote for the very first time. The group of 18-year-old students had the opportunity to vote in the historic presidential election as well as various local and state races on the 2016 ballot. Community members applauded Lake Area students for performing their civic duty.
“This is such a memorable experience for our students,” said Michelle Blouin-Williams, NBSF CEO. “As first-time voters, they were thrilled to have the opportunity to participate in our country’s democratic process and to be a part of history. We have educated our students about the importance of voting, and we are thankful to share this moment with each of them.”
Lake Area has hosted two voter registration drives in the past few months, registering many new voters. The voter registration drives were open to the public and included information about various election laws on the local and state level. In addition, this activity connected in-class learning to real-world experiences. Lake Area students followed the Presidential race via social media, watching the debates, and did their research before hitting the polls today.
“Our students feel empowered and informed,” said Darren Lewis, Principal of Lake Area. “We want our students to know that they have a voice in this election and that their vote, indeed, matters. Being a part of this huge milestone in their lives is incredibly rewarding.”
“Today was exciting and nice because I was able to vote for the first time,” said Donte Frazier, Senior at Lake Area. “I researched all of the candidates platforms and amendments before voting today.”
Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8.
For more information, email askNBSF@newbeginningsnola.net.