Citizenship Day gives insight to county court, government

Milam County Farm Bureau
Youth Citizenship Coordinator

Milam County Farm Bureau would like to thank the elected leaders for their excellent presentations to Milam County 4-H and FFA students during the Youth Citizenship Day held on Monday, June 20.

Judge Dave Barkemeyer presented an overview of county government and how it works to serve the people of Milam County. Also to County Commissioner, Precinct 3, Dale Jaecks who explained the duties of a county commissioner.

Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4 Gary Northcott and Precinct 4 Constable Giles Summerlin also shared their duties and insight into their area of county government. These four also fielded questions from the audience to further clarify their roles in upholding the laws of our state.

In addition, Sheriff David Greene and members of his staff gave a presentation on the duties of the Milam County Sheriff’s office and for their interesting and informative marksmanship demonstration where students attending were given the opportunity to try their skills at the shooting range simulation.

We had some fairly skilled marksmen in our group.

Next, through County Clerk Barbara Vansa and her staff, the students were able to see an actual brand, where birth and death certificates are kept, an actual marriage license from forty-eight years ago and some were able to look up their own birth certificates.

We appreciate the Milam County Extension staff for their support with attendance, help with the pizza lunch sponsored by Milam County Farm Bureau, and their help with news articles promoting the event.

District Judge Ed Magre and his staff, County/District Attorney Kerry Spears and her staff, District Clerk Cindy Fechner and Deputy Chris White also helped in conducting a mock trial for the 4-H and FFA students. This reallife experience was informative, exciting and educational to the students attending as they became the jurors, the defendants, the prosecuting attorney, the defense attorney, the witnesses and the judge for an actual trial. Of course, the names were changed to protect the innocent! After deliberation, the 4-H and FFA students found both defendants guilty as charged.

At the end of the day, the 4-H and FFA members gained insight into how Milam County government works and met the actual people responsible for our government in Milam County. This was an excellent opportunity to learn life lessons that will serve our students well throughout their school days and into their future.

Milam County Farm Bureau recognizes that these students are our future leaders. This event was an effort by the Board of Directors of Milam County Farm Bureau to educate these young people so that they will be better informed citizens, voters and leaders. Thanks again to all presenters and participants in this important activity.

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