Roseville High School students take a tour of the municipal building during last year’s Student Government Day with Councilman Steven Wietecha, left, and Roseville City Manager Scott Adkins. This year’s Student Government Day is scheduled for April 26.

Roseville High School students take a tour of the municipal building during last year’s Student Government Day with Councilman Steven Wietecha, left, and Roseville City Manager Scott Adkins. This year’s Student Government Day is scheduled for April 26.

Photo provided by Joe Genest


Roseville students to see glimpse of local government

By: Bria Brown | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published April 25, 2018

 Roseville High School junior Miranda Rumfelt takes a closer look at city documents with Roseville Mayor Robert Taylor during last year’s Student Government Day.

Roseville High School junior Miranda Rumfelt takes a closer look at city documents with Roseville Mayor Robert Taylor during last year’s Student Government Day.

Photo provided by Joe Genest

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ROSEVILLE — Roseville High School students will have the opportunity to be a part of local government operations during their scheduled Student Government Day April 26 inside Roseville City Council chambers, 29777 Gratiot Ave. 

Students and City Council officials will meet, have a tour of City Hall and take part in a mock City Council meeting. 

Roseville Mayor Robert Taylor said that Student Government Day allows Roseville students to get involved in their community. 

“It’s important for them to learn about city government and to learn about how our city runs. They’re the future of our city and the United States,” said Taylor. 

Taylor said students’ participation gives them an idea of what local government operations are about. 

“It gives me a better feeling that our community is learning at a younger age to understand what our local officials are going through and what their job requires,” said Taylor. 

Taylor also mentioned that students will see some of the operations of the Fire and Police departments. 

“It’s a fun day, but it’s a learning day for everybody,” said Taylor. 

Roseville High School Assistant Principal and Athletic Director Christopher LaFeve explained how students were chosen to participate. 

“I go out to our leadership groups — our AP classes and our social studies and government classes — I talk about the day and what it entails. From this, students sign up for the positions,” said LaFeve.

“Then, I collect the names, and this year, there will be 30 students to fill the spots,” he added. 

The students participating this year are all juniors. LaFeve said that there is a mock school board event with only seniors, so this event allows juniors to have the same opportunity. 

According to feedback from students in previous years, Student Government Day has been well-received, LaFeve said. 

“They usually don’t know what goes into these positions and all the different pieces it takes to run a city. After they leave, they are excited, and most pick the positions (for student government day) based on the careers they’re interested in,” said LaFeve.

“We have a couple that are interested in law enforcement in general; usually the police and the fire station tours are something they like the most, because they are able to see how things work and go inside the departments,” he added. 

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