The Les Collins’ Memorial Youth in County Government Day was held last Tuesday and students from Corcoran High School were able to participate.
Prior to his retirement, Larry Spikes, County Administrative Officer, reached out in December to area school administrators extending invitations to all high schools within Kings County requesting that each school send 10 students who are involved in Future Farmers of America, Student Government, or any other leadership course or activity.
The day began with orientation at 8:30 by the new County Administrative Officer, Rebecca Campbell in the Board of Supervisors Chambers. Each student was assigned a board member, Department Head, official or designee to job shadow for the morning. In the past, David Valadao’s and Rudy Salas’ office as well as the Housing Authority, California Highway Patrol and Kings County Community Action have participated.
The students returned to the Administration Multi-Purpose room at noon for lunch sponsored by the Hanford Rotary Club and to hear from a guest speaker.
Corcoran High senior Mable Zamora attended the event and was grateful for the experience.
“I am extremely grateful I had the opportunity to attend this year’s youth and government day because I learned a lot of new things,” Zamora said. “I definitely recommend for other students to attend this very helpful event.”
CHS students met with Kings County Board of Supervisor’s Chairperson Richard Valle, who is the District 2 Supervisor. Valle was happy to participate in the event which allowed Corcoran students to meet alumni who serve the county.
“I want to thank our school officials who helped make the program possible, especially Evelyn Albert who recruits and transports the students every year. Our students were able to meet two Corcoran High graduates that have top leadership positions at the county. Kelley Zuniga heads our County Probation Department and Rick Hook who is our County Ag Commissioner,” Supervisor Valle added.