Little leaders take the helm
By Karen Caffarini Post-Tribune correspondent May 22, 2013 1:16PM
Merrillville Town Council President Carol Miano(Right) helps her young prodige DaVeion Mosby(10) as he reads over the agenda during Student Government Day at Merrillville Town Hall on Tuesday. | Jeff Addison ~ Sun-Times Media
Student Government Day
The following students participated in Merrillville’s annual Student Government Day:
DaVeion Mosby, council president
Lauren Harding, Ward 1 councilwoman
Christopher Hardaway, Ward 2 councilman
Malynna Cruz, Ward 4 councilwoman
Elizabeth Rivera, Ward 5 councilwoman
Madison Severance, Ward 6 councilwoman
Joshua Hardaway, Ward 7 councilman
Nicholas Guernsey, clerk-treasurer
DaVante Mosby, town attorney
DaVeion Caruthers, town manager
Da Quinae Campbell, police chief
Isabella Wilson, parks superintendent
Ivan Osorio, zoning director
Mikenzie Lilley, fire chief
Xavier Osorio, stormwater executive director
Updated: May 22, 2013 3:25PM
As others around her enjoyed a cookout and camaraderie, Malynna Cruz focused on a report she would be giving in a few minutes, during the Town Council meeting.
The fourth-grader at Jonas Salk Elementary School was one of 15 students who became town officials for a couple hours during a recent council meeting as part of the annual Student Government Day.
Cruz was asked by Councilman Tom Goralczyk, D-4th, to take his seat during the meeting and give his committee reports. This was her second time participating in the program.
“It makes her day as soon as Tom asks her,” Malynna’s mom, Sue Cruz, said.
Student Government Day is held once a year in May. Students take on the roles of the seven council members, clerk-treasurer, town attorney, town manager, police chief, parks superintendent, zoning director, fire chief and stormwater executive director.
This year, the town hosted a cookout for the kids, their families and town officials before the council meeting.
DaVeion Mosby also took part in the program for the second time, this time as council president. He previously served as zoning director.
During the meeting, DaVeion, a third-grader from Fieler Elementary School, called the meeting to order, read a proclamation declaring May 17 Arbor Day and went through the agenda items, prompted by real Council President Carol Miano, D-3rd.
Da Quinae Campbell, a sixth-grader at Merrillville Intermediate School, served as police chief.
“I’ve done speeches since the first grade. I like poems and plays,” she said, explaining why she wasn’t nervous about being in front of a group of people during the meeting.
Madison Severance, a 14-year-old from Aquinas School, admitted to being a little nervous and excited about being the Ward 6 councilwoman for the night, upon the request of Councilman Shawn Pettit, D-6th, who sat beside her through the night.
It was her first time.
“These are our future,” Miano said of the students later in the meeting.