Pictured from left are Peter Manno, Students; Ryan Smith, Cassidy French, Andrew Weiderman, Logan Marrello, Steven Jordan Jr., and Nicole Pickett.
Pictured from left are Peter Manno, Students; Ryan Smith, Cassidy French, Andrew Weiderman, Logan Marrello, Steven Jordan Jr., and Nicole Pickett.

Six high school students from three Herkimer County high schools participated in the 4-H Government Intern Program at the Herkimer County Legislative Chambers.  The program is made possible by the Herkimer County Legislature and administered by Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H youth development program of Herkimer County.

The students included Cassidy French, Nicole Pickett, Logan Marrello, and Andrew Weiderman from Central Valley High School; Steven Jordan, Jr from Herkimer High School; and Ryan Smith from Frankfort Schuyler High School.

The fall session started in October, with four sessions total, to provide students with insight into the legislative process.  Students reviewed issues, toured county facilities, interviewed county legislators and attended a county legislature meeting. The program is designed to decrease public apathy regarding government by involving youth of Herkimer County through learning by experience. Legislators looked forward to hearing from the students to receive their fresh point of view.

Students heard from guest speakers, got involved in the legislative process, researched topics, and gave presentations as part of the program. Youth thanked guest speakers from many departments for their visits and help in researching topics that made it an engaging experience. Legislator Peter Manno presented students with their certificates for the program and congratulated them on well-researched topics.

4-H Government Intern Program is offered by the Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth development program of Herkimer County in the fall and spring of the school year.  For questions on this or any of our 4-H programs offered, please contact Cornell Cooperative Extension Herkimer County at (315)866-7920 or email herkimer@cornell.edu.

By martha

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