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RI Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis to Host Annual Civic Leadership Awards

Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis to Honor High School Seniors from Class of 2014 For Their Civic Service

PROVIDENCE, RI -- Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis will honor students from all across Rhode Island with the 2014 Civic Leadership Award at a State House ceremony on Friday, May 9, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. on the North Plaza of the State House.

The annual Civic Leadership Awards are given annually to members of the senior class who make outstanding contributions to their school and their community.

"Showing an understanding of the importance that public service has in a democratic society is key to the success of our community," said Mollis. "These students take the principles of civics and put them into action at home and at school, and I am proud to honor their good work."

Mollis will honor nearly 100 students with awards during the ceremony.

Earlier this year, Mollis asked high schools around the state to nominate members of the Class of 2014 who best met the ideals of the award (public service, leadership ability and academic achievement).

Nearly 70 high schools ranging from Barrington High to Woonsocket High nominated seniors for the honor. This is the eighth consecutive year Mollis has presented the awards. Governor Chafee is expected to join Secretary Mollis at the ceremony.

"My goal is to encourage young people to get involved in civic life, which will ultimately inspire under classmen as well as future generations. Their enthusiasm and willingness to participate in the civic life of their school and community is vital to the strength of our democracy," said Mollis.

Secretary of State Mollis is committed to making it easier to vote, helping businesses grow and making government more open and accessible. For more information on the programs and services offered by the Secretary of State, visit sos.ri.gov.

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Department or agency: Office of the Secretary of State

Online: http://www.sos.ri.gov/

Release date: 05-01-2014

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