Ellie on Leading Voter Reg at her Scottsdale, AZ High School

Inspired Student Ellie on her experiences registering seniors at Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, Arizona

Inspired Student Ellie on her experiences registering seniors at Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, Arizona

I approached the task of registering my entire senior class with great intimidation and borderline fear. All the other projects I had participated in had been done before and had many other volunteers. Before the midterm elections, the teachers were enthusiastic and the students were the opposite. I gathered a small group of friends that went around with me to all the government classes. After the day of presentations ended, they told me some awkward stories of blank stares, inattentive classes, and their own eligible friends not participating. What countered these discouraging occurrences were the surprising amount of students who were excited, asked questions and actually registered. After the midterm elections, I went around for the second round presentations and  the original teachers and students had switched positions. Some of the teachers didn't understand why I was registering so early and thought the students would be even less excited. Despite those beliefs, students were even more engaged and enthusiastic than before. I presented to them that they have enough time to become educated voters and that, by registering, they are acknowledging that they are intelligent, opinionated people who care. I never thought one presentation could change anyone’s opinion, let alone one given by me! While that is partially true, I believe I encouraged and inspired many kids that had some interest in voting but needed some extra support. In only a couple months of working on these drives, I've become significantly more confident and involved in my entire life. I've been inspired by my fellow students and the enthusiasm saw when I talked to the younger grades. Instead of intimidation, I feel a crazy eagerness to accomplish even more.


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