JFK students celebrate Democracy Day

WARREN – Students at Warren John F. Kennedy celebrated their right to vote with Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted by hosting their first Democracy Day celebration.

Terry Armstrong, government teacher at JFK, said voting rights organization Rock the Vote began organizing Democracy Day celebrations throughout the country in 2011 in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the 26th Amendment that granted 18-year-olds the right to vote.

He said Rock the Vote provided T-shirts, pins and posters.

“The goal of events such as this is to provide an opportunity for our students to hear from one of their elected leaders and see that civic engagement is attainable even at a young age,” Armstrong said.

Husted challenged the students to work hard and demonstrate commitment regardless of what they choose to do in life.

JFK senior Chandler Shoaf described voting as “perhaps the signature right of an American citizen.” She noted that a recent election in Trumbull County had to be decided by a coin toss due to a tie vote.

Armstrong said it was mentioned during the assembly that many 17-year-olds will be permitted to vote in the primary election this year as long as they will be 18 by the November general election.

More than 21 students took the opportunity to register to vote.