On Thursday March 15th, Glen Allen participated in the 61st annual Student Government Day. More than 100 students from high schools all over Henrico County were able to get a firsthand look at the inner workings of employees making up their local governments.
Each student who decided to participate with a local government official, including judges, members of the School Board and Board of Supervisors, and more. Once paired with an official, students then shadowed them for the day to better understand not only the position the official held and the roles and responsibilities that went along with it, but also to gain insight into how Henrico’s local government works.
Student Government Day officially began on Wednesday March 14th at Hermitage High School, where students attended a ceremony that night.
There, students each swore the oaths required for their temporary position to both help them gain a better understanding of the job and truly grasp the responsibility the job held and that they would have to carry.
The next day, students had to report for work early in the morning, 8: 30a.m to be exact, and lateness was not tolerated, as would be true in the real world; students were treated completely as adults and like they held the position. Students spent the rest of the day observing their government employee at work, as well assisting with and doing their job for themselves.
At the end of the day at 2p.m was a simulated meeting of the Board of Supervisors in the Board Room of the Henrico Government Center.
Senior Paxton O’Bryen, a current AP Government student, participated in the event this year. On her experience, she said, “Student government day was a very enriching view into the world of local government. It was amazing to see just how much goes on that we rarely think about.” She shadowed Judge Margaret W Deglau, a juvenile and domestic relations court judge. “As a judge, I was able to sit in on cases and tour the juvenile detention center,” she said.
Overall, students found student government day an unforgettable educational experience to apply what they have learned and step into someone else’s shoes, as well as for local government employees to have an impact on the youth around them and bestow their knowledge and experience. Anyone interested in learning more about the local government and the everyday workings at certain government jobs is encouraged to participate next year!