News Published: Jun 15, 2017 - 7:51:08 AM

Secretary Merrill Presents National Award to Four Connecticut Winners

By Connecticut Secretary of the State Denise Merrill

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Hartford, CT - Secretary of the State Denise Merrill presented the National Association of Secretaries of State Medallion Award to four Connecticut honorees. The winners are: Connecticut’s Kid Governor Program; National Teacher of the Year, Jahana Hayes; the late Rep. Betty Boukus and the Town of Clinton.

Secretary Merrill said, “Each of these honorees are heroes for democracy in our state. Whether their work focuses on civic education—which creates engaged citizens—or imaginative voter registration drives, our entire society is more fair and representative for their efforts. We are so grateful to them for all they do. This award is our way to say, ‘Thank you.’”

The NASS Medallion Award was created to honor individuals, groups or organizations with an established record of promoting the goals of the National Association of Secretaries of State. In particular, it emphasizes contributions to one or more of the following areas: elections, specifically voter education and participation; civic education; service to state government, in particular on the work of the office of the Secretary of State and a commitment to giving.

The 2017 winners include:

· Connecticut’s Kid Governor. Connecticut’s Kid Governor is an award-winning statewide civics program for fifth graders created by the Connecticut Public Affairs Network in 2015.

· Jahana Hayes. Ms. Hayes is a history teacher in Waterbury and winner of the Council of Chief State School Officers’ 2016 National Teacher of the Year and Teacher of the Year Council's 2016 Connecticut Teacher of the Year.

· Rep. Elizabeth “Betty” Boukus (1943-2016). The late Rep. Boukus was a mentor to elected officials throughout her lengthy tenure and worked tirelessly to improve education in Connecticut. She also led a successful campaign to properly honor Connecticut’s state heroine.

· Town of Clinton. In 2016, the town joined a successful program to register voters online. More importantly, local officials found ways to make our democratic process fun.

The awards were presented at the state Capitol. To view the ceremony on CT-N, click here:

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