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Project 18 Founder, Rich Redmerski
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Ken Stough
Mr. Rich Redmerski came to speak to students about what he envisioned when he founded Project 18.

Project 18, originally founded by Rich Redmerski, is approaching its 50th year anniversary, and it is important that we recognize the man who started it all.

Every year, Mr. Ken Stough introduces his Project 18 students to the founder of the class Mr. Rich Redmerski. (Ken Stough)

Mr. Redmerski was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1946. He is a graduate from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Redmerski, who left teaching in 2004 to work for state senator Allen Kukovich, developed Project 18 curriculum for the Pennsylvania Coalition for Representative Democracy, a group that promotes civics education.

The year prior to the development of Project 18, 1971, the voting age was lowered to 18, and students where able to register to vote. Project 18 was developed to better prepare and inform students on just how important it is to vet candidates and to vote.

Project 18 president Nick Miller is determined to see Mr. Redmerski’s legacy carried through for the 50th anniversary. (Ken Stough)

Showing students that politics is important and that everyone’s vote is taken into account is one of the most important take-aways from the class. Building a class from the ground up and being successful was one of Mr. Redmerski’s most rewarding achievements. Though faced with many challenges, Redmerski pressed onward to make the class possible.

When his initial proposal was turned down by the principal, Redmerski only became more driven to succeed. He decided to go over the principal’s head and got the class approved.

Since then, many other schools have adopted the class. Due to all of his efforts, Rich Redmerski left behind and everlasting legacy at Hempfield Area and for future voters.

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Kalliyan  Wiegand
Kalliyan Wiegand, Contributor
Born in Pittsburgh and raised in Penn Hills, Kalliyan moved to Hempfield Area High School just three years ago. Kalli plays defense for the Hempfields girls' soccer team. If she is not at a game, practice, or team bonding event, she works as a hostess at Olive Garden. Kalli's best friend is her younger sister Millaney, whom she plays soccer with and spends a lot of time with. She enjoys hanging out with her friends and family. She is involved in both Project 18 and Journalism. In the future, she hopes to get her Juris Doctor degree and become a successful lawyer.