Butler students shadow local officials on Optimist Club’s Youth in Government Day


By Darrell Wacker - dwacker@civitasmedia.com



These Butler High School students shadowed elected officials and staff at the Vandalia-Butler Board of Education on Youth in Government Day: Grace Cope, Troy Luken, Brice Helman, Amanda French, Blaine Payton, Joe Jackson, and Elissa Johnson.


Photo by Darrell Wacker | Civitas Media

These Butler High School students shadowed Butler Township staff on Youth in Government Day: Jacob Lee, Alex Hunter-Hild, Tommie Penrod, Adam Doria, Dawson Vandervort, Abbey Plyman, and Alex Brown.


Photo by Darrell Wacker | Civitas Media

These Butler High School students shadowed Vandalia elected officials and staff on Youth in Government Day: Bart Lennartz, Baria Choudry, Zac Barker, Carter Lee, Gabby Hernandez, Noah Brackman, Chance Fannin, Chris Gibson, Jillian Sugden, Alexis Scowden, Nicole Weiss, Emma Childers, Clara Fiori, Alex Kapis, Jacob Glenn, Hannah Webb, Jones Kanak, DJ Hicks, and Dave Verano.


Photo by Darrell Wacker | Civitas Media

VANDALIA – BUTLER — Nearly 35 Butler High School students have a little more understanding of how local government operates after participating in this year’s Youth in Government day.

The Optimist Club sponsors the annual event, which is financially supported by Abbey Credit Union, DayAir Credit Union, Mid USA Credit Union and Universal 1 Credit Union.

Juniors and seniors spent time with government leaders from the City of Vandalia, Butler Township and the Vandalia-Butler Board of Education.

Bart Lennartz served as the Vandalia Mayor today and read a proclamation declaring Tuesday Youth in Government Day.

“Teaching students to be involved and knowledgeable about local government is something we should always strive to be doing,” the proclamation read. It went on to urge citizens to show “gratefulness and appreciation to the students, educators, and officials who took part” in the day.

Students were able to shadow and/or act council members, police chiefs, township trustees, and school board members as well as staff counterparts.

The Board of Education held its February business meeting, allowing students to witness the process of how policies are discussed and accepted.

The day ended with all of the participants having lunch and students receiving certificates for their participation in this educational experience.

Participants and their government counterparts were:

City of Vandalia

Mayor Arlene Setzer: Bart Lennartz

Vice Mayor David Lewis: Baria Choudry

Councilmember Bob Ahlers: Zac Barker

Councilmember Mike Blakesly: Carter Lee

Councilmember Candice Farst: Gabby Hernandez

Councilmember Dave Gerhard: Noah Brackman

Councilmember Richard Herbst: Chance Fannin

City Manager Jon Crusey: Chris Gibson

Assistant City Manager Greg Shackelford: Jillian Sugden

Assistant to the City Manager Julie Trick: Alexis Scowden

Communication Manager Rich Hopkins: Nicole Weiss

Deputy Clerk of Council Missy Pruszynski: Emma Childers

Finance Director Bridgette Leiter: Clara Fiori

Fire Chief Chad Follick: Alex Kapis

Law Director Jerry McDonald: Jacob Glenn

Parks and Recreation Director Steve Clark: Hannah Webb

Police Chief Douglas Knight: Jones Kanak

Public Service Director Rob Cron: DJ Hicks

Information Technology Manager Darren Davey: Dave Verano

Butler Township

Trustee President Joe Flanagan: Jacob Lee

Trustee Vice President Mike Lang: Alex Hunter-Hild

Trustee Ken Betz: Tommie Penrod

Fiscal Officer Mark Adams: Adam Doria

Township Administrator Erika Vogel: Dawson Vandervort

Assistant Fire Chief Steve Stein—filling in for vacationing Fire Chief Dan Alig: Abbey Plyman

Police Chief John Porter: Alex Brown

Vandalia-Butler Board of Education

Board of Education President Bruce Sucher: Grace Cope

Board of Education Vice President George Moorman: Troy Luken

Board of Education Member Rodney Washburn: Brice Helman

Superintendent of Schools Brad Neavin: Amanda French

Treasurer/CFO Eric Beavers: Blaine Payton

Director of Pupil Services and Human Resources Rob O’Leary: Joe Jackson

Communications/Public Relations Coordinator Anaka Johnson: Elissa Johnson

These Butler High School students shadowed elected officials and staff at the Vandalia-Butler Board of Education on Youth in Government Day: Grace Cope, Troy Luken, Brice Helman, Amanda French, Blaine Payton, Joe Jackson, and Elissa Johnson.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2017/02/web1_YIGSchools.jpgThese Butler High School students shadowed elected officials and staff at the Vandalia-Butler Board of Education on Youth in Government Day: Grace Cope, Troy Luken, Brice Helman, Amanda French, Blaine Payton, Joe Jackson, and Elissa Johnson. Photo by Darrell Wacker | Civitas Media

These Butler High School students shadowed Butler Township staff on Youth in Government Day: Jacob Lee, Alex Hunter-Hild, Tommie Penrod, Adam Doria, Dawson Vandervort, Abbey Plyman, and Alex Brown.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2017/02/web1_YIGTwp.jpgThese Butler High School students shadowed Butler Township staff on Youth in Government Day: Jacob Lee, Alex Hunter-Hild, Tommie Penrod, Adam Doria, Dawson Vandervort, Abbey Plyman, and Alex Brown. Photo by Darrell Wacker | Civitas Media

These Butler High School students shadowed Vandalia elected officials and staff on Youth in Government Day: Bart Lennartz, Baria Choudry, Zac Barker, Carter Lee, Gabby Hernandez, Noah Brackman, Chance Fannin, Chris Gibson, Jillian Sugden, Alexis Scowden, Nicole Weiss, Emma Childers, Clara Fiori, Alex Kapis, Jacob Glenn, Hannah Webb, Jones Kanak, DJ Hicks, and Dave Verano.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2017/02/web1_YIGCity.jpgThese Butler High School students shadowed Vandalia elected officials and staff on Youth in Government Day: Bart Lennartz, Baria Choudry, Zac Barker, Carter Lee, Gabby Hernandez, Noah Brackman, Chance Fannin, Chris Gibson, Jillian Sugden, Alexis Scowden, Nicole Weiss, Emma Childers, Clara Fiori, Alex Kapis, Jacob Glenn, Hannah Webb, Jones Kanak, DJ Hicks, and Dave Verano. Photo by Darrell Wacker | Civitas Media

By Darrell Wacker

dwacker@civitasmedia.com

Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.

Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.