Student Ambassadors From Carrollton High School Honored

ATLANTA, GEORGIA –Secretary of State Brian P. Kemp honored nine Carrollton High School students who were the top-achieving Secretary of State Ambassadors in Georgia this school year. Joined by several prominent Carrollton leaders for the ceremony, Kemp awarded a trophy to the students and presented high school senior Leigh Anne Turner with the “Most Involved Student Ambassador” award.
 “The Student Ambassadors Program has been a great success because of the hard work of students and great faculty members who have dedicated their time and efforts into making their communities stronger and encouraging civic participation through voter registration,” stated Secretary Kemp. “As the top-achieving group of ambassadors in Georgia this year, Carrollton High School has truly set the bar for every succeeding class taking part in this important program.”
Pictured from left to right: Carrollton Mayor Walt Hollingsworth; Carroll Chamber of Commerce President Daniel Jackson; Carrollton High School Career Center Specialist Sally Ingui; Thomas Culwell; Carrollton High School teacher Terri Fazio; State Representative Randy Nix; Jill Fazio; Kirby Criswell; Leigh Anne Turner: Tim Green; Holley Dalton; Hannah Brooks; Carrollton City Schools Superintendent Mark Albertus; Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp; and State Senator Mike Dugan. Not pictured: Carrollton Student Ambassadors Max Schoenfeld and Anthony Zheng.
Following Kemp’s remarks, Representative Randy Nix and Senator Mike Dugan praised the Carrollton High School team for their efforts.
“I am incredibly proud of our Carrollton High School students and the leadership they represent from Carrollton whose citizens inspire young adults to excel. I want to thank Secretary Kemp for putting this great program together for Georgia high schoolers,” stated Representative Nix. Senator Dugan also noted, “The amount of hard work our Student Ambassadors put into achieving this award is indicative of the spirit of community service that exists across Carroll County. If these students represent our future, we are in very capable hands.”
After the ceremony, Carrollton Mayor Walt Hollingsworth added, “It was great to have been in attendance today to honor the Carrollton community’s best and brightest.”
As the father of two daughters in high school and one daughter going into eighth grade, Secretary Kemp first had the idea to create an Ambassador Program last year as he thought about their futures and the opportunities available to them. He officially launched the program in January for Georgia high school students to learn more about civics and government, but he also wanted these students to grow as leaders among their peers.
In Kemp’s words, “I saw a way for the Secretary of State’s office to provide an opportunity for students who wanted to become more engaged in their community, learn leadership skills, and engage their classmates to register to vote. After speaking with Georgia educators and my staff, we created the Ambassador Program to be a springboard for students who want to be leaders among their peers and in their local communities.”
During spring semester, 14 Georgia high schools held voter registration rallies, volunteered at local nonprofits, taught fellow students about the electoral process, and engaged with elected officials. The program will grow to over 100 high schools across Georgia in the fall of 2016 with over 1,000 Ambassadors serving in their high schools.
Carrollton High School Ambassadors volunteered at the Carroll County Soup Kitchen, Carroll County Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast, and one student taught a children’s Sunday School class at Whitesburg Baptist Church. Students coached local Special Olympics athletes to prepare for the State Olympic competition. They participated in the First United Methodist Youth Group and Our Lady of Perpetual Health Catholic Church Youth Group. Students also produced two videos showing the dangers of drinking and driving and celebrities who lost their lives due to substance abuse to promote a safe prom night, and they hosted voter registration drives and opinion polls at the school.
  “Congratulations to Carrollton High School and all of Georgia’s Student Ambassador Programs for their accomplishments this year,” said Kemp.
Prior to the awards ceremony, Governor Nathan Deal met with the Carrollton High School team to commend their accomplishments and pose for a photograph in his ceremonial office.
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