Michelle Obama recognizes Valley High for voter registration drive

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Steve Marcus

Former First Lady Michelle Obama speaks during a “When We All Vote” rally at Chaparral High School Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018. The event is part of a week-long campaign to encourage voters to register and get out to vote.

Fri, May 15, 2020 (11:11 a.m.)

Valley High School in Las Vegas is one of 20 schools nationwide to win a voter registration drive competition put on by MTV and the nonprofit When We All Vote organization co-chaired by former first lady Michelle Obama.

Earlier this year, When We All Vote partnered with MTV to fund proms for 20 schools that ran creative voter registration drives. Obama surprised student leaders from the winning schools in a private Zoom call Wednesday.

While proms around the country have been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, MTV will hold a virtual prom starting at 6 p.m. today on its YouTube channel.

Valley High won for students’ efforts to work with community organizations to visit government classes and hold discussions on voting history and voting rights, along with their voter registration efforts, according to an MTV news release.

“Look, let me just say this, the future of your communities and our countries are in the hands of young people like you all,” Obama said in the Zoom call earlier this week. “No pressure, but we’re counting on you. So, let’s show everyone what we can accomplish when we vote.”

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