High Schoolers Get Lesson in Local Government

High school students experience what working in government is like by shadowing elected officials and borough employees.

For about 30 minutes Tuesday night borough business was in the hands of a team of high school students selected to serve as officials as part of youth council week.

Each year in May about 20 high school students have the opportunity to learn how government works and how a borough is run by shadowing a borough official and presiding over part of a council meeting.

Youth Week Mayor Ashley Trent was joined by council persons Robert Klenk, Simon Shkreli, Florence Pozo, Yunjae Kim, Daniella Macera and Daria Georgatos who all took a seat at the dais and gave their respective council persons commissioner report.

Amanda Link served as Borough Clerk and Patricia Angeles was to serve as CFO/Administrator. Matt Pederson took the role of police chief and Adam French as fire chief. Pat McGrath served as the tax collector.

Alex Sisco, Mark Monahan, Rollando Mendoza represented the recreation department while Cecelia Giadatzis and Jordyn Anderson represented the library. Jason Annichiarico served as the DPW Superintendent and CJ Garafalos, the buidling inspector.

Assistant High School Principal Catherine Cassidy thanked the borough officials for allowing the students to have this experience.

"I don't think there is a better way to see how government works than to play the part. Working with them tomorrow will really help them learn how a town is run and how to help make it a better place," said Cassidy.

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