Fannett-Metal HS named one of best high schools in PA for civic engagement

24 May 2024- The Pennsylvania departments of State and Education announced today that 36 high schools in the Commonwealth won Governor’s Civic Engagement Awards (GCEA) during the 2023-24 school year.

Eighteen schools won Gold Level Awards for registering to vote at least 85 percent of their eligible students, and 18 schools won Silver Level Awards for registering to vote at least 65 percent of their eligible students. In total, about 160 students helped register more than 3,300 of their peers to win gold- or silver-level awards for their schools.

“These prestigious awards celebrate the efforts of Pennsylvania high school students to register their eligible classmates to vote and to hopefully launch them on a lifelong habit of voting,” Secretary of the Commonwealth Al Schmidt said. “Engaging the next generation of voters is crucial to the future health of our representative democracy.”

In addition, 20 students from across the Commonwealth won Student Poll Worker Awards for participating in a voter registration event at their school and serving as a poll worker in their communities on Election Day in November.

“Those students who served as poll workers on Election Day helped ensure that members of their community could cast their vote and make their voices heard,” Schmidt said.

Here are the winning schools:

Gold Level Award

School NameCounty
Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts 6-12Allegheny
Conrad Weiser High SchoolBerks
Delta Program High SchoolCentre
Boiling Springs High SchoolCumberland
Carlisle High SchoolCumberland
Harrisburg High School: SciTech CampusDauphin
The Haverford SchoolDelaware
Indiana Area Senior High SchoolIndiana
Brookville Junior-Senior High SchoolJefferson
Union High School Student CouncilLawrence
Building 21Lehigh
Northwest Middle/High SchoolLuzerne
Wyoming Area Secondary CenterLuzerne
Friends Select SchoolPhiladelphia
Parkway Northwest High SchoolPhiladelphia
Penn Treaty SchoolPhiladelphia
William W. Bodine High SchoolPhiladelphia
Crispus Attucks Charter SchoolYork

Silver Level Award

City Charter High SchoolAllegheny
South Fayette High SchoolAllegheny
Armstrong Junior-Senior High SchoolArmstrong
Avon Grove High SchoolChester
Middletown Area High SchoolDauphin
Chester High SchoolDelaware
Haverford Senior High SchoolDelaware
Fort LeBoeuf High SchoolErie
Fannett-Metal High SchoolFranklin
Dallas High SchoolLuzerne
Academy at PalumboPhiladelphia
Arts Academy at Benjamin RushPhiladelphia
Central High SchoolPhiladelphia
Esperanza Academy Charter SchoolPhiladelphia
Julia R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration SchoolPhiladelphia
Science Leadership AcademyPhiladelphia
Washington High SchoolWashington
Red Lion Area High SchoolYork

“With only months left before a pivotal election, it is more important than ever for young people to get ready to vote and to make their voices heard,” said Secretary of Education Dr. Khalid N. Mumin. “This year’s GCEA winners understand that democracy is not a spectator sport, and their hard work will have an impact not just in Pennsylvania – but across the nation.”

This year’s virtual awards ceremony will be livestreamed at 10 a.m. May 29 on the Department of State’s Facebook and X pages, as well as at