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Youth in Government Day

Posted on Apr 28, 2016

Front: Ahsan Subzawari, trustee; Sydney Carpenter, fiscal officer; Megan Golem, finance director; Aziza Mbugua, recreation director; and Megan Stoops, administrator. Back: Brian Rouse, information systems coordinator; Trey King, police director; Connor Starost, public works director; Sam Vance, zoning manager; Grant Willis, trustee president; and Annie Lisle, trustee.

Centerville High School Students Were Township Officials for the Day

Centerville High school students learned firsthand how Washington Township government operates when they participated Tuesday, April 26, in the annual Youth in Government Day.

Eleven government students paired up with elected officials and township staff and shadowed them for the morning to learn about local government and potential careers. Job shadowing was followed by a 45-minute mock Board of Trustees meeting where students assumed the role of township officials and addressed issues encountered by the board, including traffic issues and an actual zoning case.

"Local government can help schools educate students about their role in a democratic society," said Township Administrator Jesse K. Lightle. "Many of our participants will be eligible to vote in the next election. Youth in Government encourages an interest in government and it helps students become more informed voters.”

The day began at the Government Center with refreshments and a brief orientation from the township administrator. Students were then paired with a township official to learn about the township and their individual job before getting down to the business of planning a meeting agenda. Following the mock meeting, students and government officials met for lunch at Benham’s Grove with Youth in Government participants from the City of Centerville, Centerville Schools, Centerville-Washington Park District and Kettering Municipal Court.

Youth in Government Day is sponsored by Washington Township, Centerville Kiwanis Club, Centerville High School PTO, Centerville High School Social Studies Department and City of Centerville.



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