Best & Brightest: Durham high school student rallies college students to vote

Durham County News

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — It’s been said politics can bring out the worst in people, but for Nathan Jenkins it brings out dedication, energy, and responsibility.

A senior at Durham Middle College High School, Jenkins recently won both a community service award and fellowship for his work in registering other students to vote.

“Everyone on this campus I have a responsibility to,” Jenkins told CBS 17. “So when I sit at a table I’m not just targeting high schoolers.”

That’s because Durham Middle College High School sits on the campus of Durham Tech. The unique setup allows students to take college classes alongside students who are much older. So in some cases, Jenkins – who is only now old enough to vote – is signing up older students.

“When you inform somebody and see their eyes light up like, ‘I can vote this year?’ It is a really rewarding feeling and I really love that.”

Jenkins is preparing to graduate with 56 college credits, meaning he will essentially enter college as a junior. While he is dedicated to politics, he told CBS 17 he’d like to work in medicine and, ultimately, work on a college campus.

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