Press Release

For Immediate Release: January 24, 2020

High School Students Create New 2020 Census Campaign for Union County

Winning civic engagement idea to be implemented as part of Freeholder Chairman Mirabella’s initiative to encourage participation in the 2020 Census

Representatives from the Red Team are presented with a Resolution from the Freeholder Board for Winning the UC Step Summit. Pictured with them from L-R: Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella, Frank Vito from Cranford High School, Deputy County Manager Amy Wagner, Kevin Dougherty from Union County Voc-Tech, Freeholder Angela Garretson, and Deana Mesaros from the Union County Office of Business Development

Representatives from the Red Team are presented with a resolution from the Freeholder Board for winning the UC Step Summit. Pictured from L-R: Deana Mesaros from the Union County Office of Business Development, Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella, Freeholder Angela Garretson and Deputy County Manager Amy Wagner.

Union County, NJ – The Union County Freeholder Board announced is pleased to announce that the winning slogan for a countywide 2020 Census campaign spearheaded by high school students is “It Makes Sense to…Come to Your CENSUS 2020.”

The winning slogan was created by the “Red” team, an 18-member group of students from 18 different high schools who participated in Union County’s annual UC-STEP youth leadership conference in December.

“On behalf of the Freeholder Board, I congratulate the Red team for their winning idea,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “With the help of enthusiastic students throughout Union County, we hope to encourage everyone to participate and be counted in the 2020 Census.”

“The 2020 Census is critical to our ability to obtain federal grants in support of transportation, education and other vital needs,” added Mirabella.

The “It Makes Sense to…Come to Your CENSUS 2020” encourages high school students throughout Union County to help raise awareness about the 2020 Census by taking specific action steps, such as inviting a Census representative to speak at a school assembly.

Students will also compete to sell the greatest number of 2020 Census-themed pens and bracelets. For every five Census awareness bracelets or pens sold, students will be entered into a raffle to win a pair of tickets to a rare big-screen showing of the classic film The Wizard of Oz, at the Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway.

Representatives from the Red team were presented with a congratulatory Freeholder Resolution on Thursday.

The members are: Maria Gomez – Admiral William F. Halsey Leadership Academy; Jensi Javier – Alexander Hamilton Preparatory Academy; Kristen Jeudi – Benedictine Academy; Mackenna Heesters – Cranford High School; Julianna Rei – David Brearley High School; Alyssa Pradhan – Governor Livingston High School; Nicholeecha Simone-McLeon – Hillside High School; Laron Murray – J. Christian Bollwage Finance Academy; Gabriela Garcia – John E. Dwyer Technology Academy; Abby Wilson – Jonathan Dayton High School; Zaria Berrios – Rahway High School; Maleya Christian – Summit High School; Rosemary Hernandez – Thomas A. Edison & Technical Education High School; Edwin Rojas – Thomas Jefferson Arts Academy; Millicent King – U.C. TEAMS; William Chinchilla – U.C.V.T.S.; Jonathan Choi – Union Catholic Regional High School and Rhode Gardese – Union High School.

A focus on participation in the 2020 Census is part of Chairman Mirabella’s initiatives for the current year. In working to count every resident in the 2020 Census, the Freeholder Board will also partner with community and municipal “Complete Count” committees as well as Kean University and Union County College, among others.

The “It Makes Sense to…Come to Your CENSUS 2020” campaign will kick off on March 4 and conclude on April 11.

Businesses and organizations wishing to support the student effort can contact their local high school for more information.

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