Youth in government: Students role play during council meeting

Fort Lupton middle-schoolers participate in mock meeting

Belen Ward
bwards@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 5/23/22

Are you brighter than a middle schooler? Thirteen Fort Lupton Middle School students with the National Junior Society (NJS) proved they are with an opportunity to sit in the council member's seats …

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Youth in government: Students role play during council meeting

Fort Lupton middle-schoolers participate in mock meeting

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Are you brighter than a middle schooler?

Thirteen Fort Lupton Middle School students with the National Junior Honor Society proved they are, with an opportunity to sit in Fort Lupton City Council member's seats and conduct a mock council meeting May 17 as part of the organization's Youth in Government program.

Council member David Crespin, who was elected to his post when he was 19, called the group of students "brave."

"This is one way you can start looking at a career. I know it's a long way off," he said. "Working in the public sector, you can work there. Your voice has power. Stand up for what you believe in. Make your voice heard. You did a great job."

Fort Lupton City Clerk Mari Pena planned the event and taught the students how an actual city council meeting operates. They learned the agenda plans, discussed local issues, and passed policy that benefits the community. 

Mayor Pro-Tem Chris Ceretto thanked the youngster and their parents for participating in the exercise.

"Thank you for telling your kids to do this," he said. "The parents of the kids who showed up, your kids are the ones that are going to be successful."

Students also toured the water recovery plant to learn how the town's water is cleaned and stored.

Then they visited the Coyote Creek Golf Course, which is owned by the city. After visiting the places on the agenda, students returned to City Hall to prepare, practice and conduct the council meeting that evening.

City council members watched the students lead the mock council meeting, and when they were done, the real council meeting convened.

"All of these students are amazing leaders and are committed to their education, service to the school and community and are positive role models wherever they go," said Barb Miles, a teacher at Fort Lupton Middle School.

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