WRIC – PRINCE GEORGE COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — The newest elected member of the Prince George County School Board is making headlines. Why? Because he's only eighteen-years-old.
Not even five months after graduating from Prince George High School, Reeve Ashcraft managed to garner more votes than any of his opponents.
The teenager even ousted the vice-chair of the board.
"We kicked butt," Ashcraft explained. "I mean, we went out; we worked hard. We talked to people and I think we built relationships. We built that level of trust that representatives are supposed to have with the people, their constituents."
Ashcraft says it was while he was still in high school that he realized he wanted to help instigate change. So, he worked his campaign five-to-six days a week and leaned on former classmates for help.
"That's what it was about for me is showing people that our generation has so much potential," Ashcraft said. "And to say that just because I'm 18, I can't do this, that motivated me even more."
Ashcraft turned down Virginia Tech to stay home and help his community. He is now taking classes at Richard Bland College of William and Mary. He hope to eventually transfer to VCU and pursue a degree in political science or public policy.
But first, he takes office on January 1, 2016.
To learn more about Reeve Ashcraft, visit his campaign Facebook page here.