Instead of getting a lesson on history-- these kids are trying to be a part of history. A group of BFA-Fairfax seniors are putting together a public service announcement to get the word out on the newly passed Proposition 5.
"To tell everyone who's 17 who will be 18 by the general election that they're allowed to vote in the primaries because there hasn't been much publicism (sic) of it," student Tyler Meunier said.
"I think it's really exciting that 17-year-olds get a chance to say who's in the primary," student Jordan Rock said.
If you're going to be 18 by the general election you can vote in the primaries. It's a new law that these kids say teens don't know about, so they're putting their video skills to the test. The PSA was student Megan Bosley's idea. She was out sick Tuesday, but still wanted to be a part of the production. She talked to other students and to us via Facetime.
"A lot of 17-year-olds aren't aware this is going on and we needed to inform them, especially if no one else is going to," Bosley said.
At BFA-Fairfax, 30 17-year-olds have already registered to vote in the March 6 primary.
Reporter Gina Bullard: Why is it important for you to vote?
Tyler Meunier: When the general election comes around I will be voting and if I don't have my say in the primaries, that's a large chunk of people who won't have their voice heard early on.
"I hope 17-year-olds look at this and say hey, my voice matters and I'd like a say in this," Rock said.
"We are a pretty strong class and we like to be heard," Bosley said.
Teens getting the word out to their peers that their voices can be heard this election season.
Sunday, May 19 2013 8:39 PM EDT2013-05-20 00:39:09 GMT
"Awesome -- I lost it when I finished I have to say, but it was great. It was great," said Amy Sullivan. The 2013 Boston Marathon runner was all smiles as she and 450 other runners crossed the finishMore >>
A race in southern Vermont Sunday gave runners who were unable to finish the Boston Marathon a second chance at the finish line.More >>
Sunday, May 19 2013 8:38 PM EDT2013-05-20 00:38:13 GMT
They come from all over the state and wait in line for hours. "It's become sort of a yearly event for us. We've been doing it for eight or nine years now -- we're having a blast," said Ed Sayers ofMore >>
Dozens of drivers gathered in Chelsea for a record setting road rally -- full of riddles that keep drivers and passengers on their toes.More >>
Sunday, May 19 2013 8:36 PM EDT2013-05-20 00:36:52 GMT
College graduation season is in full swing -- and Sunday in Burlington it was a big one. A crowd of nearly 10,000 attended the 211th commencement ceremony at the University of Vermont.In all, more thanMore >>
A crowd of nearly 10,000 attended the 211th commencement ceremony at the University of Vermont.More >>
Sunday, May 19 2013 8:28 PM EDT2013-05-20 00:28:28 GMT
Fire destroyed a barn in Clinton County, New York Sunday morning.It happened in the town of Mooers. Officials say the barn on Eddy Road was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived just before 11:30More >>
Officials say the barn on Eddy Road was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived just before 11:30 a.m.More >>
Sunday, May 19 2013 8:27 PM EDT2013-05-20 00:27:13 GMT
A Berlin, New Hampshire man is dead following a kayaking accident.It happened on a stretch of the Upper Ammonoosuc River in the town of Dummer. Officials say Keith Whitten, 58, was paddling with his wifeMore >>
A Berlin, New Hampshire man is dead following a kayaking accident.More >>
Sunday, May 19 2013 8:26 PM EDT2013-05-20 00:26:39 GMT
Woodchuck Hard Cider is taking legal action to protect its furry mascot.Last week the Middlebury company filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against South Burlington-based Woodchuck Coffee RoastersMore >>
Woodchuck Hard Cider is taking legal action to protect its furry mascot.More >>
Sunday, May 19 2013 8:17 PM EDT2013-05-20 00:17:27 GMT
Vermont State Police have charged 22-year-old Adam Page of Newport for stealing the Newport City Elementary School bus, which has now been declared totaled. A stolen dog was also recovered in the busMore >>
State Police say he is also being charged with the theft of two other vehicles and a woman's dog.More >>