Prior to the end of the 2012-13 school year, the Meadow Bridge High School senior class underwent a trek to Washington, D.C. as a continuation of the school’s recent excellence in registering its seniors to vote.
The trip, paid for by senior class fundraisers with some assistance from the Fayette County Board of Education and WV Paving, included the students and their chaperones being hosted at the nation’s Capitol by the office of U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin.
“The kids were wonderful,” said Meadow Bridge principal Al Martine. “It was en excellent trip.”
The MBHS contingent visited various monuments and other locales in Washington, D.C. during its stay.
In the April 25 Congressional Record, Sen. Manchin praised the Meadow Bridge High students and staff.
In part, he said, “I rise today to speak with great pride about a high school in my home state of West Virginia and the important role it is playing in our American democracy — Meadow Bridge High School in Fayette County.”
“For the 12th year in a row, 100 percent of the senior class at Meadow Bridge High School is registered to vote,” the senator continued. “This is a truly incredible accomplishment, and I am unaware of any school in our great state — or any school anywhere in the country, for that matter — that has registered every student in their senior class every year for the past 12 years.
“Mr. President, young voters eligible to vote today are 44 million strong — more than one-fifth of the country’s electorate — and they are changing the face of American democracy.”
Manchin added that Principal Martine has reported that “students themselves now take on the challenge of reaching the 100 percent registration mark. It’s a matter of pride and patriotism.”
“This is not a Democrat or Republican issue, but one that all Americans can and should embrace, the way the students, faculty and staff at Meadow Bridge High School have done,” Manchin concluded. “And I congratulate them on the example they have set for high school seniors everywhere.”