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Bartling honored with Secretary of State Citation

Kendall Bartling was surprised with an honor from Nebraska Secretary of State Bob Evnen on Tuesday.

Kendall, a senior at Grand Island Senior High, was holding a voter registration event at Northwest High School with Grand Island Central Catholic student Hayden Price when Secretary Evnen walked in. 

Secretary Evnen honored Kendall and Hayden with a Certificate of Excellence for their work in the voter registration drive at Northwest. 

Hall County Election Commissioner Tracy Overstreet said Kendall has been helping to organize voter registration events for Hall County high school seniors this year. On March 1, he celebrated Nebraska Statehood Day by holding a voter registration drive at GISH. 

Secretary Evnen then further recognized Kendall with a Secretary’s Citation for exemplary public service to the people of Hall County. Evnen said to his knowledge, Kendall is the youngest person to receive a Citation. 

“It’s a very powerful thing to see friends, to see students, who are out registering and actually voting in elections thanks to the work that you put in,” Kendall said. 

During the 2020 election, Kendall also volunteered at polling sites. Commissioner Overstreet praised Kendall’s accuracy in his work at the polling sites. After Kendall became a registered voter in January, he became certified to help other people register to vote.

“I’ve always been involved with politics, even though I haven’t had the chance to vote in an election yet,” Kendall said. “In the absence of that, I’ve dedicated myself to ensuring that others are able to exercise that.”

Kendall is also he student representative on the Grand Island Public Schools Board of Education and is mentored by board member Lisa Albers.

"It has been my honor to mentor Kendall during his tenure as the GIPS Board of Education student representative,” Albers said. “Kendall's political curiosity and desire to go the extra mile has been inspiring. He is mature, thoughtful and well-spoken. I will be watching from a distance as his future unfolds."

GIPS Superintendent Dr. Tawana Grover said even at a young age, Kendall has proven himself to be a strong leader. 

“I am so proud of his hard work as the student representative on the GIPS Board of Education, and the impact he’s made on voter registration in our community,” Grover said. 

April 6, 2021.

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