Three Colorado high schools — KIPP Denver Collegiate, DSST Stapleton and Eaglecrest — were all awarded the Eliza Pickrell Routt award last week. The Eliza Pickrell Routt award is given to high schools where more than 85 percent of eligible seniors register to vote.
Colorado State Elections Director Judd Choate presented the awards to the three schools, which are in the Denver area.
The Colorado Secretary of State’s office partners with Inspire Colorado, a nonprofit organization that helps young people register to vote.
KIPP Denver Collegiate High School
Twelve-grade social studies teacher Art Curtis encouraged his students to register to vote and to participate in the voting process. He successfully registered 86 percent of eligible seniors to vote.
KIPP stands for “knowledge is power program.” KIPP Colorado Schools is a network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public charter schools dedicated to preparing students in underserved communities for success in both college and life, according to its website.
DSST: Stapleton High School
Denver School of Science and Technology: Stapleton High School registered 87 percent of eligible seniors due to the hard work of two seniors, Zak Flitter-Bilello and Zach Biffinger.
Zak and Zach worked with Inspire to become “Inspired leaders” at their school.
Eaglecrest High School
Eaglecrest High School received their second Eliza Pickrell Routt award last Friday.
Senior Emma Lovato has registered almost 500 students throughout her high school career. By giving classroom presentations, she got 86 of her fellow seniors to register.
She is going to American University next year to study American Government.
“You’re going to be my boss someday,” Choate told her.