Eighth grade students from Hickory Creek Middle School in Frankfort demonstrated true leadership skills Nov. 18 as they participated in the village of Frankfort’s annual Student Government Day.
The full day of activities began with an overview of the village at the village administration building, followed by visits to the fire district, police station, wastewater treatment plant, and the utilities/public works facility.
During a luncheon at Aurelio’s, students were able to talk with their village counterparts about their responsibilities and issues of concern.
The day concluded with a “mock” village board meeting with all student government representatives in their appropriate role.
“Meeting with the future leaders of our community is always a pleasure for our entire village board and staff members,” Mayor Jim Holland said in a news release from Frankfort School District 157-C. “The questions asked are well thought out, and their enthusiasm to learn more about village government and its activities was evident throughout the day.”
Participants included Avery Jones (mayor), John Mitchell, Sohum Desai, Kylie Steinhauser, Avery Bath, Sam Singer, Drew Clarkin (village trustees), Lia Delage (village clerk), Logan Venable (village administrator), Caroline Carr (assistant village administrator/development services director), Madalyn Genz (police chief), Katie McCreary (fire chief), Cassidy Venable (finance director), Riley Drzewiecki (utilities director), Sama Muhsen (public works superintendent), Tony Mazziotta (assistant director of development services), Maddie Clark (building manager), Ashley West (event coordinator) and Michael Lombardo (village attorney).
According to its website, fsd157c.org/ the mission of District 157-C is to “prepare all students to be confident, life-long learners and productive citizens by challenging them to reach their fullest potential and by providing a quality educational environment in partnership with family and community.”