Students get a look inside county government

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Youth Government Day aims to educate future voters

Times Herald Staff

Students invited to participate in American Legion County Youth Government Day gather in front of the new Law Enforcement Center for a group photo April 25. (Contributed photo)

About three dozen high school students invaded the Oconto County Courthouse and Law Enforcement Center on April 25 as guests of local American Legion posts.

The occasion was the annual American Legion County Youth Government Day. The group met with elected officials, who provided insight on their roles and gave tours of their offices, and after a lunch prepared and served by the Legion Auxiliary, they took part in a mock trial.

According to the Wisconsin American Legion website,, Youth Government Day “is designed to teach students about the importance of their county government before they turn 18, so they have the information and confidence necessary to increase the voting numbers at the polls.”

Students were selected to attend the event from five high schools around the county: Gillett – Anthony Carrll, Emily Hairapetian, Wyatt Herzog, Sophia Horsens, Samantha Kahler, Camryn Long, Bailey Pedersen and Sydney Young; Lena – Derrick Garrigan, Emily Lange, Mikayla Mahas, Alexis Misco, Lillian Sellen, Lilia Shallow, Ciara Urbanek and Logan Verduzco; Oconto – Keegan Beekman, Sean Durand, Baleigh Gering, Miranda Gibbons, Austen Holt, Calysta Kurz, Caleb Pierucki and Ethan Rosenberg; Oconto Falls – Cameron Ash, Aaliyan Fowler, Ericka Hevemeir, Khrystalline Honley, DD Ortiz, Paige Renier, Evan Roberts and Keith Van Dornick; Suring – Michael Christensen, Emerald Otradovec, Preston Pence, James Ponton and Jaliyah Warrack.

Participating American Legion chapters were Post 283, Suring; Post 300, Gillett; Post 302, Oconto Falls; Post 342, Lena; and Post 523, Abrams.