DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate announces 18 schools qualified for the Carrie Chapman Catt Award for the 2019-20 school year. The award is given to schools that register at least 90 percent of their eligible students to vote.

Secretary Pate created the award last September to encourage voter registration in high schools and to promote the new state law that allows 17-year-olds to register and to participate in primary elections.

“I want to congratulate the 18 schools that stepped up and got at least 90% of their eligible students to register to vote during this school year,” Secretary Pate said. “That is a remarkable achievement and shows true dedication on behalf of principals, teachers, and most importantly, the students.”

Here is a list of the schools that qualified for the Carrie Chapman Catt Award. Each school will be honored during a formal trophy presentation at a later time.


  • Isaac Newton Christian Academy (Cedar Rapids, IA)
  • Rivermont Collegiate (Bettendorf, IA)
  • South Page High School (College Springs, IA)
  • St. Mary’s High School (Storm Lake, IA)
  • Valley Lutheran School (Cedar Falls, IA)
  • Lone Tree High School (Lone Tree, IA)
  • Pella Christian High School (Pella, IA)
  • Ballard High School (Huxley, IA)
  • Walnut Creek Campus (West Des Moines, IA)
  • Notre Dame Catholic High School (Burlington, IA)
  • Fort Madison High School (Fort Madison, IA)
  • Norwalk High School (Norwalk, IA)
  • Woodward-Granger High School (Woodward, IA)
  • Newman Catholic High School (Mason City, IA)
  • Baxter High School (Baxter, IA)
  • Nashua-Plainfield High School (Nashua, IA)
  • Prairie High School (Cedar Rapids, IA)
  • Urbandale High School (Urbandale, IA)

Along with those 18 schools, 10 more registered at least 70 percent of eligible students and will receive a commemorative banner recognizing their achievement. Nine more schools registered at least 50 percent of eligible students and will receive a personalized certificate from the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office.

“The Norwalk Student Council believes that hearing new voices is very important, both in our school and our community. By registering as many people as possible to vote, our voices are heard,” said Eva Newland, student body president at Norwalk High School.


See the entire media release at the Secretary of State’s website: