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The Telegram
  • Ilion students participate in mock board meeting

  • Seniors from Ilion High School were able to experience first-hand what it’s like to run a village meeting at the Ilion Municipal Building Monday morning.

    Every year the village of Ilion teams with the Ilion Elks Lodge and the high school to provide students an opportunity to take over some of the positions within the village government and participate in a mock board of trustees meeting.

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  • Seniors from Ilion High School were able to experience first-hand what it’s like to run a village meeting at the Ilion Municipal Building Monday morning.
    Every year the village of Ilion teams with the Ilion Elks Lodge and the high school to provide students an opportunity to take over some of the positions within the village government and participate in a mock board of trustees meeting.
    Guidance counselor Shannon Darrow said she helped assist in arranging the meeting by matching up selected students to a village held position. “I think it’s nice for the students to partake in something they don’t normally see and through the mock meeting they are able to see and experience just how each position within the village works,” she said.
    During the meeting students discussed various issues dealing with recreation activities and how to develop pride in and for the village’s parks and fields.
    “There is a lot more to government than you [students] realize and we want to get the point across that we need you for our future,” said Deputy Mayor Beth Neale.
    “Whether you stay here or go away we are eventually going to rely on you. Your generation is so savvy with technology and through the use of social media you can be the ones to solve the problems in the future,” she added.
    “It’s an honor to be chosen as mayor for the mock meeting,” said senior Emily LaLonde, who has been accepted to the dietetics program at SUNY Oneonta.
    Although being mayor is not something LaLonde hopes to peruse, she admitted there is a lot to learn through the role. “By playing the part of village mayor I’m hoping to gain leadership qualities and better understand how things are run behind the scenes in village government that you don’t see everyday,” she said.
    Senior Alex Klosner said he enjoyed playing the role of deputy mayor.
    “The most interesting part about having a role in the mock meeting was learning about local government. You always hear about the federal government, but you don’t really hear about local government. Through this experience I was able to see what goes on in my own backyard,” he said.
    This fall Klosner will attend Hamilton College to study economics.
    After the mock board of trustees meeting the students continued learning about the village of Ilion and went on a village-wide tour that visited the marina, water treatment plant and the fire department.
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