SAUK VILLAGE | The village board relinquished governmental control Tuesday night -- to the students of Rickover Junior High School.
The Sauk Village administration conducted its annual Student Government Day, much to the delight of the 22 students.
Every year, students from Rickover are encouraged to submit essays on a chosen topic. This year's topic dealt with the 2010 census. Village administrators read and discussed the essays to choose the students who took part.
Thirteen students represented department heads and village officers, while six more represented village trustees. There was also one each to represent the village president, clerk and attorney positions.
The students spent the majority of the day at the village hall, learning about their roles and how to conduct the board meeting.
Village Clerk Debbie Williams swore the students in prior to the beginning of the board meeting.
"The students are now actually village officials," Trustee Rosie Williams told the audience. "The business that will be conducted will be official Sauk Village business."
Village President Lewis Towers handed the gavel to Pamela Charles, who called the board meeting to order.
"I was a little nervous because I was the first one to speak," Charles said. "But the practicing we did during the day helped somewhat."
The students went through the agenda, which provided an opportunity for each one to read a status report provided by their adult counterpart.
Kelley Stevenson, in the role of village clerk, called roll to vote on approval for work on drinking water studies and tax increment financing.
"This was fun and exciting," Stevenson said. "I've never had the opportunity to do something like this. Pretty cool."
After adjournment, Towers thanked all of the students for caring enough about their local government to participate. He also thanked the public relations committee, chaired by Williams, for arranging the program.
School Superintendent Rudy Williams attended the meeting and congratulated the students for an outstanding job.
"This is a great opportunity to show the region what our schools and students have to offer," he said.
Rickover Junior High students who participated in Student Government Day: Briana Lee, Kelley Stevenson, Jacob French, Brianna Hemp, Anna Berglund, Pamela Charles, Zamira Davis, Tiarney Johnson, Symone Wharton, Amber Taylor, Emilicia McGee, Sydni Williams, Jimmie Sykes, Deja Dorsey, Ryann Johnson, Opeyemi Fanoiki, Shonta Baker, Lance McGavock, Arbriel Smith, Portia Cannamore, Yasmeen Lewis, Daylen Hubbard