Law Day is Thursday


Published on May 2 2012 3:10 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

Thursday is Elks National Law Day, an effort sponsored by Elks lodges across the country to promote the involvement of young people in government.

In Effingham County and in the city of Effingham, local high school students will work with local officeholders and department heads to better understand how government works.

St. Anthony and Effingham High students will work with city government, while Altamont, Beecher City, Dieterich and Teutopolis students will work with county officials.

City participants will enjoy a Meet and Greet at City Hall at 8:30am where City Administrator Jim Arndt will give an overview of city government.  At 9am, the students will head to the firing range and tour the police department as well as the fire department and get a ride on a fire engine.  A mock City Council meeting will be held at 1:45pm and students will be dismissed at 2:30pm.

County participants will arrive at the County Office Building at 9am for a Welcome with refreshments served by County Board members.  They'll head for the firing range at 9:15am.  The students will job shadow their assigned officeholders from 1:30pm until a briefing by the Board and information from the students on their day.  Students will be dismissed at 2:30pm.

Participating students along with the city and county officeholders will be guests at the Elks National Law Day Banquet over the noon hour at the Elks new lodge on South Banker.  Parents of the participating and the spouses of the city and county officials are also invited to attend the luncheon.

Here are the Effingham and St. Anthony students and the city offices they'll hold Thursday:

Mayor--Anthony Raddatz of St. Anthony, Commmissioner of Accounts and Finances--Curran Walsh of EHS, Commissioner of Public Health and Safety--Josh Hanner of St. Anthony, Commissioner of Streets and Public Improvements--Nick Phillips of EHS, Commissioner of Public Property--Josh Wall of St. Anthony, City Administrator--Sean Meyer of St. Anthony, City Attorney--Chris Sandifer of EHS, Director of Public Works and City Engineer--Zach Bradshaw of St. Anthony, Economic Development Director--Patrick Martelli of St. Anthony, Building Official--Aaron Adams of EHS, Electrical Inspector--Andrew Donsbach of EHS, City Treasurer--Zach Sparling of EHS, City Clerk--Branden Kurzeja of St. Anthony, Police Chief--Ryan Willenborg of St. Anthony, Police Department Communication Manager--Jennifer Garland of EHS, Fire Chief--Matt Holomy of EHS, Director of Tourism--Laura Reimers of EHS.

County students participating, by school:

From Dieterich--Erica Bierman, Colby Gerth, Brent Probst, Neil Thoele and Devin Wright

From Teutopolis--Michaela Vahling, Jay Funneman, Eddie Siemer, Paul Schumacher, Mackenzie Wermert, Tyler Windell and Amber Heuerman

From Beecher City--Tyler Aitken, Ranae Brackney, Ethan Doty, Collin Gartner and Mitchell Zacha

From Altamont--Devin Baucum, Charles Wilson, Cory Dorr, Austin Davis and Brad Caravello