PROVIDENCE, RI - Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea today honored local high school students with the 2018 Rhode Island Civic Leadership Award. The award is given annually at a State House Ceremony to high school juniors who have made outstanding contributions to their schools and communities over the past year.
"Each year, I have the honor of presenting the Rhode Island Civic Leadership award to remarkable student leaders from all over the state," Secretary Gorbea said. "Everyday citizens must have a strong voice in the democratic process and these students are setting a great example of how to be engaged in their community. In their efforts to positively impact the world around them, today's award winners provide Rhode Islanders with a promising glimpse into the future of our state."
High Schools from around Rhode Island nominated two students who best meet the ideals of the award, including public service, leadership ability, and academic achievement. 148 students were honored for work ranging from volunteering to help end hunger and homelessness in Rhode Island to leadership roles in their student government.
Secretary Gorbea is working to increase knowledge of state history and how government works to engage more Rhode Islanders in their government. She is committed to engaging and empowering all Rhode Islanders by making government more accessible and transparent and encouraging civic pride.