Parish Government Day will be held on Jan. 19-20

By Jeff Nemetz

Parish Government Day will be held Jan. 19-20 in Vermilion Parish.

The annual event is held at the Parish Courthouse in Abbeville each year allowing students to learn the process of government through participation.

Students campaign and are elected as representatives from each of the parish schools. Then, they go through another campaign and election process of the other school representatives to achieve such seats as Police Jury President or Superintendant of the School Board among many others.

Also included in the activities are Mock Trial, where students play the roll of prosecuting and defense attorneys, suspects, witnesses and jury members.

Students on the other boards, such as the Police Jury or the School Board, will also hold their respective meetings and have their own agendas to cover. In the past, School Board considerations have included dress codes (uniforms) and additional classes to take. These classes have not been additional language or math subjects.

Once a popular activity throughout the state, Vermilion Parish is now the only parish that holds the Parish Government Day and has continued the tradition now in its 47th year.

Other parishes still participate in the Mock Trial event that also allows students to elect representatives to play the roll of the personnel necessary to hold a trial in judicial court.

Student take-over of the Courthouse will be from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., with a lunch break around noon. The Courthouse will be open for normal business activities.


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