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Mr. Vanfossan Recognized by Secretary of State Paul D. Pate

May 23, 2017

Mr. Andy Vanfossan was recognized today by Iowa Secretary of State Paul D. Pate for organizing Underwood High School's participation in the statewide Iowa Youth Straw Poll for the 2016 general election.  Sixth through twelfth grade students voted on their choice of the 2016 general election candidates.  The results were then totaled with results from other Iowa schools and reported on Secretary of State Pate's website:  https://sos.iowa.gov/youth/poll/results.aspx

Mr. Vanfossan stepped up and registered to include our students' voices in the statewide straw poll and as a result of his efforts, students received a unique civic education experience.

Because of the leadership from Iowa teachers like Mr. Vanfossan, the Iowa Youth Straw Poll was nationally recognized this year, winning the National Association of State Boards of Education Award for Outstanding Leadership in Voter Education from the National Parent Student Mock Election.  Additionally, the social media aspect, #IAparticipate, was a national top 5 finalist for a Government Social Media Award.

Secretary Pate sent Mr. Vanfossan a congratulatory certificate for his part in making the Iowa Youth Straw Poll nationally recognized.

"My thanks to all of the teachers and school administrators who helped make the Iowa Youth Straw Poll a huge success," said Secretary Pate.  "More than 250 schools and 56,000 students participated statewide.  We could not have done this without the efforts of the teachers.  The Youth Straw Poll was a fun, hands-on learning experience for students across the state that hopefully will encourage them to become engaged in civics in their communities."  

The Iowa Youth Straw Polls were the culmination of Caucus 101 and Elections 101.  Those are free, online social studies curricula developed by Secretary Pate and written by Iowa teachers for Iowa students.  They are available for anyone to use at http://Elections101.org

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