The Government Intern Program, sponsored by the Herkimer County Legislature and administered by Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development Program of Herkimer County, concluded another successful semester.
Twenty-one students from five Herkimer County school districts participated by exploring current issues confronting county government and learning more about the functions of county government through its committee system.
The students included Kelsey Simpson, Samantha Notley, Will Johnson, Sara Dempsey, and Tecwyn Williams from Town of Webb School; Hannah DeLude, Viktoria Yudchits, Kyria Plunkett, and Daniel Adamek from Herkimer High School; Joe DeSarro, Julia Zito, Olivia Tamburro, Jordan Christensen, Christopher Pierce, and Daniil Silchuk from Frankfort-Schuyler High School; Walter Markowski, and Adam Congdon from West Canada Valley High School; and Taylor Cockey, Mitchell Jones, Jesse Thorsen, and Michael Szarek from Poland Central School.
The spring session started in March, with four sessions total, to provide students with insight into the legislative process.
Students reviewed issues, toured county facilities, interviewed county legislators and attended a county legislature meeting.
Students heard from guest speakers, researched topics, and gave presentations as part of the program.
At the final session, the student interns staged a simulated legislative mock meeting and provided presentations on current issues confronting county government.
Youth thanked all of the participating Herkimer County Legislators for their visits and help in researching topics that made it an engaging experience.
For questions on this or other 4-H programs, please contact Cornell Cooperative Extension of Herkimer County at (315) 866-7920.