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 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.
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.
Here, Commissioner Jim Runestad answers questions from a group of students from his district.
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, 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.
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.
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.
This group of students hail from Milford High School, and were greeted by Commissioner Bob Hoffman (far left), and Vice Chair Matis.
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.
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).
Here, Commissioners Hatchett and River present certificates to students from Pontiac High School.
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 (far left), Shelley Goodman Taub (2nd from left) and Marcia Gershenson (far right) presented the certificates to students from West Bloomfield High School.
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.
Issues continued to be discussed at lunch, but in small groups. Here, Commissioner Tom Middleton, Chair of the Finance Committee, talks about allotting resources with a group of students from Lake Orion High School.
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.
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.
After the K-9 demonstration, Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard answered specific questions by students about county law enforcement operations.
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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