Student Gov’t Day Brings Excitement

Mary Comerford

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The tradition of Student Government Day in Henrico County Schools has been celebrated since May 8, 1958. Students from each high school in Henrico County have the opportunity to shadow government and school officials. The sponsors of this day are the Kiwanis Club, a global organization of volunteers who strive to change the world, one community and one student at a time.
The Kiwanis Club of Richmond has worked alongside the social studies coordinator of Henrico County to provide students with the opportunity to experience the typical day of a government or school administrative official.
Government teachers in each Henrico County School provide a survey for seniors interested in Student Government Day. Students have to show a genuine interest in a future position in government and be a good representative for the school. Students are not guaranteed a position, so the teachers must use their judgement to determine the students to be awarded with positions.
One mentorship available is shadowing Brian Maddox, the Director of Technology. Senior Dorcas Lin was awarded the position.
“I wanted to shadow the Director of Technology just to see how our county handles various systems in terms of organization. Because we’re becoming so technology oriented as a society, I feel the workload for the technology department must be extremely heavy in comparison to other departments,” Lin said.
At the end of the day, students have the opportunity to participate in a mock
School Board and Board of Supervisors meeting. The mentee’s lead the meeting
and demonstrate what they learned for the day. The experience allows
students to understand the real leadership qualities being in these positions
require.
“Although it’s only a day, I hope to further grasp the interconnectivity of all
departments within government,” said Lin.
Through Student Government Day, many students are able to make good
connections with the right people to further their career in the future.
“I believe shadowing a judge is one of the most profound experiences because
students are able to watch hearings and hear plaintiffs and defendants. One
student I taught was able to find an internship involved in the field of law through
her mentor on Student Government Day,” AP government teacher Mrs. Ashley
Smyth said.
Student Government Day offers a chance for students who are serious about
their future to see what work is truly done in the field they plan to enter. As the
community comes together for another Student Government Day on March 14,
teenagers discover the dedication and hard work it takes to be of a government
or school administrator.

Student Gov’t Day Brings Excitement