The N.C. Senate’s vote to establish stock car racing as the official state sport was, in no small part, a student achievement.
The Senate voted 46-to-3 on Wednesday, a week after students from Lake Norman Elementary School in Mooresville lobbied for the measure with lawmakers in Raleigh. The House must approve a companion bill for the designation to become law.
North Carolina recognizes 38 state symbols, including the official dog (the Plott hound) to the official carnivorous plant (the Venus flytrap). One symbol lacking is a state sport.
On April 20, the students delivered "letters of persuasion" from their school to the offices of all 170 state representatives and senators. They also pitched their cause to the House Committee on Rules, Calendar and Operations, which agreed to send the bill to the House floor for an eventual vote.
Karsyn Elledge, a fifth-grader at Shepherd Elementary School in Mooresville who competes in go-karts, was joined on a lobbying trip by her mother, Kelley Earnhardt. Karsyn is a granddaughter of Dale Earnhardt, the late seven-time champion.
"We applaud the efforts of these industrious students and congratulate them on their hard work toward getting this legislation through the government," said Marcus Smith, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway.
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