CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Secretary of State Mac Warner is proud to announce that Nicholas County High School senior Rachel Dorsey has been selected for the “Honorary Secretary of State” program for her efforts to register her classmates and neighbors to vote.
The “Honorary Secretary of State” program is joint venture between the Secretary of State’s Office and Inspire West Virginia – a non-partisan organization aimed at encouraging eligible high school juniors and seniors to register to vote. Inspire-WV hosts a year-long program to engage West Virginia’s young adults to become active and educated voters regardless of their political affiliation.
On Tuesday morning in a ceremony held in the Secretary of State’s Office in the State Capitol, Secretary Warner introduced Dorsey and congratulated her and her high school.
“Registering to vote should be an important rite of passage for young adults,” Warner said. “When young people vote, they reaffirm everything our forefathers fought for and help keep the flame of democracy lit for the next generation.
“Rachel Dorsey has taken the time to educate her peers on the importance of the election process by getting them registered to vote. Millennials across this nation, and especially in West Virginia are voting, they’re running for office and they’re getting elected. Continuing to give this upcoming generation a voice in their government will be one way for us to keep them here in West Virginia,” Warner said.
"Rachel Dorsey is an exceptional Inspired Leader who has displayed both passion and persistence to register and engage her peers in the democratic process,” said Olivia McCuskey, Program Coordinator for Inspire-WV. “Rachel came highly recommended to me by an Inspired Alumnus, and she has more than lived up to the standard set in her recommendation. She is passionate about encouraging her peers to become more civically engaged for the betterment of their community and our state as a whole."
"Being Honorary Secretary of State for a day would be an incredible opportunity that I would not want to let pass by," Dorsey said. "As an AP Government and Politics student, I've learned a lot about how government works but to actually see some of it in action would be a phenomenal experience that I would be very unlikely ever forget."
Secretary Warner indicated that a total of 16 students have qualified this year for the “Honorary Secretary of State” recognition.
Pictured (from left to right): Senator Robert Karnes, R-Upshur, Nicholas County High School senior Rachel Dorsey, Inspire West Virginia Program Coordinator Olivia McCuskey, and Secretary of State Mac Warner.