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More Pictures from 2012 Youth in Government Day

 

Oakland County Board Vice Chair Jeff Matis speaks to students 
Activities for the day began with a welcome from Oakland County Board Vice Chair Jeff Matis, who presented a brief overview of how county government works, before students got a first-hand look at a typical day of county government.


Students listen to the Board Finance Committee meeting 
Students listened attentively to the first order of business of the day, an actual meeting of the Board Finance Committee, one of five standing committees and the one that determines exactly how many taxpayer dollars will be spent, and what they will be spent on.


Students speaking with members of the Board Finance Committee 
After the meeting, students got to Finance Committee members about what they saw take place in the meeting.  Here, a student asks Commissioner Christine Long about an issue she was interested in.


Commissioner Jim Runestad answers questions from students 
Here, Commissioner Jim Runestad answers questions from a group of students from his district.


Commissioner Shelley Taub answers questions from students 
Commissioner Shelley Taub, Vice Chair of the Finance Committee, is seen here responding to a question from a student at Pontiac's International Tech Academy.


Commissioner Mattie Hatchett speaks with students 
Commissioner Mattie Hatchett, from Pontiac and a former teacher and administrator in the Pontiac School System, relates some of her experiences as students from Pontiac High School, and fellow Commissioner Angela River (back to camera) listen.


Commissioners Helaine Zack and Craig Covey with students from Ferndale High School 
After the Q&A session following the Finance Committee meeting, students were given certificates recognizing them as potential future leaders and concerned citizens, and thanking them for participating in the Youth in Government Day program. 

Here, students from Ferndale High receive their certificates from their Commissioners:  Helaine Zack (far left) and Craig Covey (3rd from right).  At the far right is Board Vice Chair Jeff Matis.


Commissioners Tom Middleton and Jeff Matis with students from Lake Orion High School 
Five students from Lake Orion High School got their certificates from Commissioner Tom Middleton (far left) and from Vice Chair Jeff Matis, who substituted for Board Chair Michael J. Gingell, who represents Lake Orion but who could not attend the day's events.


Milford High School students with Commissioners Bob Hoffman and Jeff Matis 
This group of students hail from Milford High School, and were greeted by Commissioner Bob Hoffman (far left), and Vice Chair Matis.

Commissioners Bob Hoffman, Jim Runestad and Christine Long with students from Lakeland High School 
Three Commissioners representing the White Lake area presented certificates to students from Lakeland High School in White Lake:  Commissioners Bob Hoffman and Jim Runestad (2nd and 3rd from left) and Commissioner Christine Long, standing to the left of the young lady holding a certificate.

 

Commissioners Mattie Hatchett and Angela River with students from Pontiac International Tech Academy
Commissioner Mattie Hatchett, a former teacher and school administrator, feels right at home among students from Pontiac's International Tech Academy.  Their certificates were presented by Commissioner Hatchett and fellow Commissioner Angela River (3rd from right).

 

Commissioners Mattie Hatchett and Angela River with students from Pontiac High School
Here, Commissioners Hatchett and River present certificates to students from Pontiac High School.


Waterford High School students with Commissioners Jim Runestad, Tom Middleton and Jeff Matis
Waterford High School students received their certificates from Commissioners Jim Runestad (2nd from left), John Scott (4th from left) and Tom Middleton (6th from right, in back), as Vice Chair Jeff Matis smiles approvingly.


Commissioners John Scott, Shelley Taub and Marcia Gershenson with students from West Bloomfield High School
Commissioners John Scott (far left), Shelley Goodman Taub (2nd from left) and Marcia Gershenson (far right) presented the certificates to students from West Bloomfield High School.


Discussion panelists Judy Cunningham, Commissioner Marcia Gershenson, Board Chair Jeff Matis, Commissioner Shelly Taub, County Treasurer Andy Meisner and County Clerk/Register of Deeds Bill Bullard Jr. 
After the presentation of certificates, students involved themselves in a discussion of important topics with members of the County Leaders Panel.  The leaders, pictured left to right, were Moderator Judy Cunningham, who is the Oakland County Corporation Counsel (attorney); Marcia Gershenson, Co-Chair of the Democratic Caucus of the Board of Commissioners; Board Vice Chair Jeff Matis; Shelley Goodman Taub, Chair of the BOC Republican Caucus; Andy Meisner, the County Treasurer, and County Clerk/Register of Deeds, Bill Bullard Jr.

The next two photographs show students asking questions and offering ideas and opinions as they discuss issues with the County Leaders Panel.

A student participant asks a question for the panelists

Another student asks a question for the panelists



Commissioner Tom Middleton talks with students from Lake Orion High School over lunch 
Issues continued to be discussed at lunch, but in small groups.  Here, Commissioner Tom Middleton, Chair of the Finance Committee, talks about alloting resources with a group of students from Lake Orion High School.



The Youth in Government Day luncheon 
Commissioner Dave Woodward hosted the Youth in Government Day luncheon, answering any questions asked by students in between bites of hamburgers, chips, salads, and cookies.



students watch a demonstration by the Oakland County Sheriff's Department K-9 Unit 
After lunch, students gathered outside the Commissioners' Auditorium for a demonstration by the K-9 Unit of the Oakland County Sheriff's Department.  The dogs were put through their paces as Deputies explained what the dogs do and how they are beneficial in fighting crime.


Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard speaks with students 
After the K-9 demonstration, Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard answered specific questions by students about county law enforcement operations.


Judge Lisa Gorcyca and Chief Judge Nanci J. Grant speak to students 
Final stop of the day found Youth in Government Day participants in one of the courtrooms of the Michigan Sixth Circuit Court.  Judges Lisa Gorcyca (left) and Chief Judge Nanci J. Grant explained how the judicial system works, so students could have a better understanding of the operation of Oakland County's Criminal Justice System.

 

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