This year the League of Women Voters celebrates one hundred years since its founding, in 1920. The League was established during the time that states were deciding whether to endorse the amendment of the United States Constitution to recognize women’s right to vote.
Civics In Action Award
The League of Women Voters of Piedmont is also pleased to salute this year's winner of the “Civics in Action Award,” Piedmont High School Senior Josephine "Josie" Gross-Whitaker.
Josie worked with Junior State of America for four years where she helped fundraise, and plan conventions, for high school students in Northern California. During these conventions the students attending the convention debated political issues, wrote letters to government officials, and conducted voter registration drives. Josie also worked with Piedmont Community Service Crew, and conducted a program in the Dominican Republic, that focused on community service through sports.This year the League of Women Voters celebrates one hundred years since its founding, in 1920. The League was established during the time that states were deciding whether to endorse the amendment of the United States Constitution to recognize women’s right to vote.
The LWVP Civics in Action Award is presented each year as part of the Senior Awards Night celebration. The high school civics teachers typically recognize one senior from Piedmont High School or Millennium High School who has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to civic engagement and outreach.
Josie was awarded a $500 prize.
In this, its centennial year, the League of Women Voters of Piedmont created its first ever essay contest for the high school students of Piedmont.
The young people of Piedmont were asked to write an essay on this topic:
"As the League of Women Voters celebrates its centennial year, and in this Presidential election year, how can the youngest generation of eligible voters engage to create a more perfect democracy?"
Numerous thoughtful, and beautifully written essays were submitted. The League is pleased to announce the winners:
Piedmont High School Senior Aubrey Turner
Millennium High School Junior Ang Lee
Aubrey and Ang shared a $500 prize.
On behalf of the League of Women Voters of Piedmont, warmest congratulations to Aubrey, Ang and Josie.