Young Obama Volunteers Honored By NDCC and Gov. Patrick

Ben Chesler - NSHS Rory Clark - Tufts University Deval Patrick - Governor, Massachusetts Geneva Boyer - The Cambridge School Gabe Dreyer - NNHS Ruth Balser - State Representative from Newton Steve Linsky - Ward 2 Alderman from Newton and Obama delegate to the Democratic National Convention Shawn Fitzgibbons - NDCC In the rear: Peter Koutoujian, State Representative from Newton/Waltham

Four young Newton Obama superstars were honored by the NDCC during the fall of 2008, and ended up meeting our state delegation and Governor Deval Patrick.  You can read about their incredible feats below.  Great work to these young Dems!

Gabe Dreyer began volunteering with the Obama Campaign before the Primary election when he was a 14 year old 8th grader at Day Middle School. He made so many calls on MyBo that he was in third place on the list for Obama calls placed to NY on MyBo. He came to the staging location in Newton that Rory was running. He brought a friend and made calls for 2 days. He was staggeringly articulate for someone his age. Months later Rory, then MA HS GOTV coordinator, contacted Gabe and he volunteered to be GOTV Captain for NNHS. With her support, he made a significant contribution to GOTV by organizing over 20 NNHS students where he was now a freshman. They made over 2000 phone calls in two separate days and sent many canvassers to NH.

Ben Chesler , a senior at NSHS, began volunteering in summer of 2008. He came to a phonebank at Iris Bagwell's home in August. Several other callers commented on his poise and knowledge that evening. By the end of the phonebank he was inspired and looked into running a phonebank of his own, for students only. Three weeks later he did indeed host a phonebank entirely run and "staffed" by high school students. He managed food, data entry, tallying, etc. He continued to participate in other Newton phonebanks, and eventually took over the training function at the Bagwell's operation. Later Ben also volunteered to be the GOTV Captain for NSHS. Like Gabe, he jumped at the chance and began to organize NSHS immediately. He organized about 30 NSHS students and made over 2000 calls in two days. They also sent a substantial group of canvassers to NH.

Rory Clark began to volunteer with the Obama Campaign during the NH Primary. She was an Obama intern at the Peteborough, NH office for the two weeks before the NH primary election. A full-time freshman student at Tufts, Rory still found time to volunteer in MA as well. She was asked by the campaign to run one of the two Newton staging locations for the Feb 5 MA primary for GOTV. As staging location director, she ran both canvassing and phonebanks from a home in Newton for 4 days. Obama did not carry MA, but he won in Newton by 17 votes. Rory then volunteered at the RI Obama headquarters. After completing her freshman year, she applied to the Obama Campaign to be an Organizing Fellow. She was accepted into the Fellowship program and spent the summer working as a Fellow in the Seattle, WA at the 43rd Legislative District headquarters. There she registered voters, ran phonebanks, canvasses and houwe parties. This fall she volunteered at Obama MA headquarters in Charlestown, where she was the MA GOTV High School Coordinator. In this role, she organized HS students across the state, helping them run phonebanks and canvasses for GOTV and was responsible for thousands of calls to NH and other swing states. She also took on several speaking roles for the Campaign, including helping to train 233 volunteers at Camp Obama.

Geneva Boyer was a creative visibility and fundraising star during the Campaign for Change. A senior at the Cambridge School in Weston, Geneva designed, produced and sold a line of Barack Obama earrings which became popular throughout Newton and around the nation. One hundred percent of profits from the sales of her earrings went directly to Barack Obama's campaign. Geneva built her own web site, gobamagear.com, helped start new "gobamagear" chapters across the country, was featured in the Newton TAB and became a sensation in her home town of Newton. During the campaign Geneva inspired many with her creativity and helped raise thousands of dollars for Barack Obama's presidential campaign. In addition to running a booming earring business, Geneva found time to canvass in New Hampshire and attend phone banks here in Newton.

These 4 young Obama volunteers from Newton were honored at the Victory Party on December 10th and visited the State House on December 22nd where they were hosted by the Newton legislative delegation including Representatives Ruth Balser and Peter Koutoujian. They then met with Governor Deval Patrick.