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  • TROJAN TRIBUNE: AP government students attend Elks Student Government Day

  • Sixteen GHS government students attended the seventh annual Elks Student Government Day Wednesday, March 27, at Memorial Auditorium.

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  • Sixteen GHS government students attended the seventh annual Elks Student Government Day Wednesday, March 27, at Memorial Auditorium.
    The event was sponsored by Pittsburg Elks Lodge 412 and was created to increase interest in local government among high school students.
    Frontenac, Girard, Northeast, Pittsburg, Southeast and St. Mary’s Colgan students attended the event.
    Students began the day with a breakfast provided by the City of Girard. Lt. Governor Jeff Colyer then spoke about how he became involved in government and following this answered questions from the group.
    Afterward, students split into groups that explored different aspects of local government, including City Administration, General Government, Medical Interest, Parks and Recreation, Public Works, Public Safety and Law Enforcement.
    Each group visited various locations, including the Pittsburg Fire Department, the Pittsburg Police Department, Crawford County Emergency Medical Services, the Crawford County Jail, the Crawford County Courthouse and several Pittsburg parks.
    The Elks Lodge 412 provided lunch at Memorial Auditorium and presented scholarships to previously selected students.
    Two GHS students, Hadyn Herlocker and Briston Kapler, received scholarships.
    In the afternoon Mark Fenton, a public health planning consultant, talked to students about the government’s role and a student’s role in making a community healthy. He encouraged students to vote and make issues like bike lanes and sidewalks a priority for government officials.
    Next students had a question-and-answer session with various local officials and Senator Jerry Moran’s local representative.
    Local businesses donated gift bags and gift cards for drawings for the students.
    Those who attended from GHS were seniors Hayden Bauer, Carley Bradshaw, Molly Crager, Kenzie Curran, Haley DeGarmo, Nicholas George, Nathan George, Hadyn Herlocker, Jordan Ivey, Kayla Morrison, Stephanie Moutz, Jenna Schroeder, Madison Smith, James Spieth, Katelin White and Anissa Zagonel.
    Regarding the event, Ms. Morrison said, “It was a good experience. I enjoyed watching the hearing at the courthouse.”
    Government instructor Jeremiah Hudson, who accompanied the group, said, “This was a good experience for our students because it gave them a chance to see the different roles that local government plays in their lives. Lt. Governor Colyer also taught them a lot about public service and the opportunities that are available if you are willing to work.”
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