- Associated Press - Friday, June 5, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - High school students from South Portland and Lewiston have been honored by the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine for their efforts to preserve constitutional rights.

Lily SanGiovanni, Gaby Ferrell and Morrigan Turner were honored for sticking to their principles in a dispute with administrators at South Portland High School over their proposal to inform students that saying the Pledge of Allegiance is optional under state and federal law.

The effort drew national attention, but resulted in a new protocol for the morning ritual.

Kalgaal Issa, Chandler Clothier, Iman Abdalla and Muna Mohamed were honored for successfully fighting for their right to hang a #BlackLivesMatter poster at Lewiston High School.

Alison Beyea, executive director of the ACLU of Maine, says the seven students are “inspirations.”

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