State College Produces Two Winners of Statewide Redistricting ContestA State College Area High School sophomore took first place in a statewide contest asking participants to redraw the Pennsylvania state congressional map.

Kyle Hynes, 15, won the youth division for Draw the Lines PA’s congressional map contest. Draw the Lines PA is a nonpartisan, statewide “civic education and engagement initiative” made up of three regional steering committees, according to the organization’s website.

In his personal statement for the winning map, Hynes said he prioritized “competitiveness” in order to give the highest amount of citizens a say in their Congressional representation. Using census data, mapping software and the Voting Rights Act, Hynes redrew Congressional boundaries to make 14 of 18 districts competitive.

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