LIVINGSTON, NJ – Senator Cory Booker presented the New Jersey High School Democrats (NJHSD) with the High School Democrats of America (HSDA) State Chapter of the Year award at the national organization’s first annual strategic summit on July 15.
NJHSD Digital Director and Livingston High School junior Andrew Peng accepted the award from Senator Booker in his Washington, D.C. office, where the two discussed NJHSD’s grassroots efforts in the state.
“We were so honored to receive this award from Senator Cory Booker, who has not only been a strong and consistent champion of progressive values but also someone who has managed to captivate and engage young people,” said NJHSD Chairman Aylon Berger, a sophomore at LHS. “This award is a testament to the hard work and dedication of NJHSD’s leadership, including Vice Chairman Theo Grayer, Political Director Michael Gaudioso, Digital Director Andrew Peng, Press Secretary Evan Tong, and Programs Director Kyle Miskovich.”
"The New Jersey High School Democrats have, as one of HSDA's newest state chapters, rapidly built an outstanding operation of youth engagement and communications,” said HSDA National Chairman Jordan Cozby. “We're immensely proud of the work these students have accomplished."
NJHSD, founded and chartered in 2015, has experienced remarkable growth within the past year, with membership spanning Bergen, Essex, Camden and Ocean counties. It plans to establish a chapter at LHS in the 2015-2016 school year, which will be spearheaded by Berger, Peng, and NJHSD Press Secretary Evan Tong, who is also a sophomore at LHS.
Primarily aiming to involve New Jersey youth in state politics, including assisting Democratic campaigns at all levels, NJHSD recently ramped up its communications efforts, drafting joint social media campaigns with the College Democrats of New Jersey (CDNJ) and the New Jersey Young Democrats (NJYD).
High School Democrats of America is a national, youth-based organization with branches in nearly forty states. At the state and local levels, HSDA activists work with candidates, allied organizations and the state and local Democratic parties to impact the political process.