Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Mayor's Youth Council

Three Spring Branch ISD students have been chosen to serve as members of the Mayor’s Youth Council for the year ahead.

Houston City Council Member Ellen Cohen administered the oath of office Oct. 30 to 44 young people during an inauguration ceremony held in City Council Chambers.

The Youth Council for the 2012-2013 term includes Memorial High junior Ben Meredith, who will serve as Council Member, At Large 2; and Memorial sophomore Sarah Kate Thomas, who will serve as Senior Aide, District G. Stratford High freshman Reilly Lawrence was also seated on the Council as Senior Aide, At Large 2.

The high school students were selected by a panel of advisors from a pool of more than 300 applicants. Student selections were based on personal interviews and written responses to application questions.

“We’re proud to foster government leadership among young Houstonians,” Mayor Annise Parker stated in a related news release. “The Youth Council offers its members an exciting opportunity to not only learn how city government works, but also to develop as leaders as they carry out their role representing Houston’s young citizens.”

Students will serve on Youth Council through April 2013. The 14-year-old panel was created to encourage teenagers to learn more about city government. The students will also participate in public service activities.

“I’m happy to do something good with my time and do something that will benefit me as a learning experience,” Memorial High’s Sarah Thomas told the Houston Chronicle after her appointment.


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