2009 Students and Government
2009 marks the third year of the City of Torrance Students and Government Day program. This program is geared toward 8th graders who attend public and private schools in the city of Torrance. Students and Government Day hopes to help students gain an understanding of local government and how it works to develop more informed and involved citizens and voters. It also exposes students to a possible career in public service.
To participate, 8th grade students were to write or neatly type a 100-150 word essay on the topic: "The City of Torrance is proud of the diversity of our community. Write about a plan or program you would develop that could promote and recognize the values of this diversity."
Among those who submitted essays, 22 students were invited to participate in a variety of activities, including job shadowing elected officials or city management staff for the afternoon and opening an actual City Council meeting.
While this program is geared for 8th graders, the City encourages all students to continue learning about local government and how they can help serve the community.
The 2009 Students and Government participants were:
Lauren Sullivan Casimir Middle School Mayor
Sam Antell Jefferson Middle School Councilman
Sagar Mittal Bert Lynn Middle School Councilman
Lauren Hugo St. James School Councilwoman
Emily McBeth Richardson Middle School Councilwoman
Andrew Korshavn First Lutheran School Councilman
Kyla Diekmann Calle Mayor Middle School Councilwoman
Shiloh Schatzkamer Calle Mayor Middle School City Clerk
Ruth Barry St. Catherine Laboure School City Treasurer
Zareen Thakor Madrona Middle School City Manager
Jacklyn Suarez Madrona Middle School Assistant City Manager
Paige Aguirre Calle Mayor Middle School City Attorney
Brittany Grewell Richardson Middle School Communication and Information Technology Director
William Wright J.H. Hull Middle School Community Development Director
Kimberly Dung St. James School Community Services Director
Sharon Chen Richardson Middle School Finance Director
Trevor Bellenfant Casimir Middle School Fire Chief
Duyen Tran Magruder Middle School General Services Director
Cristal Plantt J.H. Hull Middle School Human Resources Director
Chelsie Hodges St. Catherine Laboure School Police Chief
Wyatt Matern Riviera Hall School Public Works Director
Lynn Song Calle Mayor Middle School Transit Director