Marion Supervisor of Elections’ youth voter challenge honored with prestigious awards

Wesley Wilcox, Marion County Supervisor of Elections; Lauren Debick, president of the Florida Public Relations Association’s Ocala Chapter; and Starley Ard, outreach services for Marion County Election Center, display the awards that were presented at the Mid-Florida Image Awards Event last week.

The Marion County Supervisor of Elections 2018 High School Voter Registration Challenge was honored with a Grand All Image Award, Image Award and Judges’ Award at the 2019 Florida Public Relations Association Mid-Florida Image Awards Event.

Conducted annually, the Image Awards competition provides PR practitioners an excellent platform to be recognized in their home markets for their outstanding public relations tools and programs.

The Supervisor of Elections Annual High School Voter Registration Challenge is aimed at increasing civic participation by educating Marion County’s youth on the elections process and importance of voting and registering eligible students to vote. In 2018, all seven of Marion County’s public high schools participated, 736 students registered to vote (a 479 percent increase from 2016), and 49 registration activities were provided.

FPRA is dedicated to developing public relations practitioners, who, through ethical and standardized practices, enhance the public relations profession in Florida. FPRA is comprised of 15 professional and 12 student chapters throughout the state, providing professional development, networking and professional recognition opportunities.

The Ocala FPRA Chapter, www.fpraocala.org , was established in 1980. Members and guests meet the third Friday of each month at 11:30 a.m. at the College of Central Florida.