On April 16th, 14 eighth grade students attended the 48th Annual Dane County Youth Government Day in Madison. Two DeForest Legion representatives, Rich Hankins and Wayne Noltemeyer, along with social studies teacher Greg Vandehey, accompanied the group. Students started at the Dane County Courthouse, along with students from several Dane County schools. They were welcomed by Carlo Esqueda, Dane County Clerk of Courts. Originally, the keynote was to be done by Dane County Executive, Joe Parisi. However, he was being sworn in on this day for his next four year term.
Students learned about the history of Dane County, the organization of its government, and the current county officials. Some of the offices students visited and learned about included: Public Safety Building, Courthouses, District Attorney’s Office, Clerk of Courts, Treasurer, County Clerk, Medical Examiner, Sheriff, and Register of Deeds. Students also learned about the process for jury selection.
The day concluded with a deputy from the Dane County K-9 unit, Keith Kelly, and his dog, Rico. Mr. Kelly talked to the students about how Rico was trained and described how Roco helps the Dane County Sheriff’s Department provide safety to citizens. Hankins and Noltemeyer guided the tours and the local DeForest Legion made a contribution to cover a lunch from Subway for all DeForest students attending.
Hankins and Noltemeyer also shared information about opportunities they provide for students in DeForest including scholarships, Badger Boys and Girls State, and various contests.
Students who attended (pictured at right): Kira Hankins, Britt Schumann, Logan DeBusk, Matt Berkholtz, Mira White, Hannah Breunig, Autumn Koehn, Kayla Douchette, Matt Jacobsen, Jenna Zimmermann, Kyle Anderson, Margo Skolaski, Jay Dunn, Pam Thao.