Gracie Harris

Poquoson High School

Class of 2017

What extracurricular activities and hobbies do you enjoy?

I love working on my school's newspaper, as well as participating in clubs like Model UN, Academic Challenge, and Teens for Troops. I'm also a member of both the Track and Swimming Varsity teams, and I'm also an avid photographer. 

If you played Major League Baseball, what would be your walk-out song?

Candy Store, from Heathers the Musical

What has been your proudest moment?

Being able to lead my Journalism staff as the Editor in Chief through two of the hardest years in PHS Newspaper history, with changing advisors AND prinicpals. 

What would the title of your autobiography be?

How NOT to Stay Bored

Why are you committing to the Inspired Year?

I really want to inspire my peers to vote, not just in this upcoming election but in all elections. It's really important to me that young voices are heard while we come into the age where we can quite literally shape the country. 

What does civic engagement mean to you?

Civic engagement goes beyond just voting in the Presidental election. Civic engagement means going above and beyond today's average citizen to really educate yourself on today's issues, to vote in all elections, and to understand the importance of political participation. To me, truly engaged people work to engage their peers. 

What's your favorite thing about Virginia?

I love how diverse we are as a state. Not just politically, but also socially, economically, and culturally. We really have a lot of people that all have widely different perspectives. 

Where would you like to see Virginia in 20 years?

I would love to see a Virginia with increased voter participation rates, a lower carbon footprint, and a much greater percentage of renewable energy. I would also like to see a Virginia that is much friendlier to workers, with more laws protecting the rights of workers.