High school seniors shadow city officials for a day

Youth Day returns after 3-year hiatus

Youth Day – a longstanding tradition between the City of Watervliet and Watervliet High School – made a triumphant return after a three-year hiatus due to the COVID pandemic. This event, last held in the spring of 2019, provides high school seniors an opportunity to meet with Watervliet city officials, including the mayor, council members, finance administrator, police and fire chiefs, city court judge and others, to learn about the responsibilities of elected officials, department heads and municipal workers in the city.

Ten seniors spent part of the day on Thursday, June 8 touring City Hall, the police department and the fire station, and participating in a mock city council meeting, where they shared what they learned and saw during their time job shadowing city officials. They also enjoyed lunch at the Arsenal City Tavern courtesy of the city.

Ten high school seniors stand together at the entrance to Watervliet City Hall at the start of the Youth Day job shadow eventThe mayor and the police chief welcome a high school senior to Youth Day in WatervlietA high school senior dressed in a judge's black robe sits on the judge's bench in Watervliet City Court during the Youth Day job shadow event

Members of the senior class vote on which student delegates to send to the annual event, which was organized by high school teachers Scott Emerson and Chris Curtis in collaboration with City Hall staff.

This year’s student delegates included:

  • Mayor – Deville Wilson
  • Councilperson – Autumn Gillam
  • Councilperson – Michael Brown
  • General Manager – Karina Leibach
  • Finance Manager – Elijah Rodriguez
  • City Clerk – Raina Rohenaz
  • Police Chief – Domenic Rivera
  • Fire Chief – Thaddeus Phillips
  • City Judge – Cassie Zawistowski
  • Building Department – Kevin Brammer

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