How These GLHS Students Help Their Peers Vote


The midterm elections are held on November 8. Graphic from Canva by D. Khan.

The 2022 midterm elections are coming up! Voting will occur on November 8th, so we have about a month until citizens perform their civic duty. That said, plenty of Americans, especially teens, still haven’t registered to vote. 

Rhizome is a youth-led organization focusing on civic engagement. Junior Hannah Katragadda and sophomores Sophia Lee and Grace Zheng joined the organization’s West Cary branch this year. All three are excited to get involved and make a difference in their community. 

Right now, Rhizome is focusing primarily on closing the age gap and increasing diversity in voters. The Green Level students are doing their best to meet the organization’s goals. The students are still looking for a proper advisor to help grow their chapter, but, according to Zheng, that doesn’t stop them from having fun volunteering for a crucial cause. 

“[Voter registration] is really important because teens are a big part of the population but don’t usually get a say in what happens,” says Lee. “Voting is one of the best ways to have your voice heard.” 

Green Level students should keep their eyes open for posters, links, and QR codes leading them to voter registration forms. Katragadda encourages her peers to get involved in their civic duties. 

“We’re the future of our country, so getting involved early on is going to ensure that we’re involved in the future,” she says.

If you’re interested in following their progress, check out @we.rhize on Instagram and be sure to turn out and vote in November!