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FJHS students see democracy in action at county-wide Government Day

Five students from Fulton Junior High School were recently invited to participate in Oswego County Government Day, an event orchestrated by Cornell Cooperative Extension. The event gave students a first-hand look at the operation of county government and valuable experience in understanding local democracy in action.

One student in each of Oswego County’s twenty-five districts was invited to attend the event. Students were selected based on their academic abilities, strong social personalities, interest in the social studies content and geographic residence. This year saw the participation of Hayden Dygert, Colten Fellows, Atlas King, Sullivan Strong, and Hayden Terpening, all of them seventh graders at Fulton Junior High. Collectively, the students represented Fulton’s 11th, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, and 25th county districts.

Throughout the day, students visited the Oswego County Legislative Chambers, the Public Safety Center and the Oswego County Courthouse. Each student was able to meet with their own legislator during a special lunch at the Elk’s Club, where they also had the opportunity to debate and participate in a mock resolution.

The day concluded at the courthouse, where students were invited to observe a general meeting between county legislators. Students were individually acknowledged for their achievements in and out of the classroom throughout the year. 

“Oswego County Government Day was a blast for our seventh-graders this year,” said Mr. Clif Philips, Social Studies advisor at Fulton Junior High. “A huge thanks to Rene Horning and Paul Forestiere for putting this event together!”

The recent event marks the return of the annual program, which had not been held since 2019.