On April 5, 2017, twenty 8th graders from DeForest Area Middle School attended the 51st Annual Dane County Youth Government Day at the courthouse in Madison. Rich Hankins and Wayne Noltemeyer from the DeForest American Legion also joined the students. Many other school districts from Dane County attended.
Students were welcomed by Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne. Joe Parisi, Dane County Executive, also spoke to students. Throughout the day, 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 all the ways in which Rico helps the Dane County Sheriff’s Department provide safety to the citizens. American Legion Representatives guided the tours and our local DeForest Legion made a contribution to cover a lunch from for all DeForest students attending. American Legion representatives all shared information about opportunities they provide for students in the future including scholarship opportunities.
Pictured above: First row- left to right: Koby Prellwitz, Tyler Susee, Jillian Starin, Brennan Biesel, Luna Thao, Anne Manzi. Second row-left to right: Jeremiah Smith-Nelson, Jack Barske, Sam Fischer, Mallory Taylor, Lauren Armstrong, Isabella Polnow, LaTange Johnson, Hannah Lewis. Back row-left to right: Dominic Marand-Rivers, Joe Wojcik, Joe Sommers, Hailey Sewell, Angelina Rios, Darah Deminter and Greg Vandehey.