Megan Greene, Carissa Huber, Allie Evans, Ally Cooper; Back Row L to R: Chairman Bernie Peplinski, Luke Monroe, Carter Lawrence, Cody Keeler, Steven Bergin, Harry Gibson, Wally Szarek, and Legislator Peter Manno.
Megan Greene, Carissa Huber, Allie Evans, Ally Cooper; Back Row L to R: Chairman Bernie Peplinski, Luke Monroe, Carter Lawrence, Cody Keeler, Steven Bergin, Harry Gibson, Wally Szarek, and Legislator Peter Manno.

The 4-H Government Intern Program, sponsored by the Herkimer County Legislature and administered by Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development Program of Herkimer County, concluded another successful semester. Ten students from three Herkimer County school districts participated by exploring current issues and learning more about the functions of their county government through the committee system. Students reviewed issues, toured county facilities, interviewed county legislators, and attended a county legislature meeting.

Students included Steven Bergin, Harry Gibson, and Cody Keeler, from Central Valley Academy; Wally Szarek from Poland High School; Ally Cooper, Allie Evans, Megan Greene, Carissa Huber, Luke Monroe, and Carter Lawrence from Town of Webb High School.

Key presenters involved in the success of this program included: Steve Dietz of the P.I.N.S. Unit; Herkimer County Sheriff Chris Farber; Lou Christie and Connie Shepherd from the Board of Elections; Linda Patten from the Department of Social Services; Herkimer County District Attorney Jeff Carpenter; Mike Scalise of Probation; Herkimer County Clerk Sylvia Rowan; and Family Court Judge John Brennan.

At the final session, the interns staged a simulated legislative mock meeting and provided presentations on current issues confronting county government. Topics discussed were Visible help and Police presence, Small Business Web page Development, Creating an Uber Service in Town of Webb.

Youth thanked all of the participating Herkimer County Legislators for their visits and help in researching topics that made the program an engaging experience.

For questions on this or other 4-H programs, please contact Cornell Cooperative Extension of Herkimer County at (315) 866-7920.

By martha

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