Parish Government Day to be held soon
By: Theresa Mayard
Vermilion Parish will be holding Parish Government Day on Jan. 27 and 28.
Prior to Parish Government Day, Vermilion Parish Schools held elections in their individual schools. Students who won from these schools will be attending Parish Government Day. An election among these students will be held during the first day.
“One of the students will be elected as judge, some to be school board members, one as the district attorney, one as president of the school board and so on,” said Marian Davidson of the American Legion. “They’re elected to all offices.”
Davidson said, although she is not involved in Parish Government Day this year, she had thoroughly enjoyed her involvement in the past years.
“It’s a wonderful program for students,” she said. “Most of those elected during Parish Government Day have gone into Boys and Girl’s State. Some, such as Sammy Theriot and Sue Fontenot, have even gone into politics.”
After being elected to their respective offices, students “take the city over,” so to speak. The program is done within the court room area.
During the two days, students are presented with a mock crime and hold a mock trial to solve said crime.
“It’s an extraordinary two-day event,” said Davidson. “Each student is counseled by their official counterparts, so they know if they’re doing the job right.”
Vermilion Parish Schools, The Vermilion Parish School Board, Abbeville judges, The American Legion, and Gale Luquette will contribute to Parish Goverment Day.