Giving Back Thursdays — Youth In Government Day


By — Mia Parada

This year has shown to be a year to remember. Not only are we in the midst of a pandemic, we are also seeing a boiling point for human rights in America. With all of the challenges, we are seeing more people step forward to help their fellow community members in numerous ways. So the focus here is to take a closer look at those members of our community who are helping in extraordinary ways, giving a shout out to those who are doing their part to make a difference in these challenging times. 

Recently two students were chosen by Tuscarora’s History department to attend the Youth in Government Day. Sammy Sommers had the opportunity to attend the event since being selected and brought forth by Mr. Karl Helmold. The Youth in Government Day is an event where two student (male and female) from Tuscarora and other schools are allowed to listen to Chair of Loudoun County Board of Supervisors talk about their story leading up to being elected and then the students are able to ask questions to them about local government and their ideas and thoughts. 

This year Board of Supervisors Phylis Randall and Vice Chair Koran Saines answered questions from the students, including Sommers. Sommers asked them about what ordinances or applications that both Chair Randall and Vice Chair Saines have seen or come across that have impacted them the most or mean the most to them. 

“The experience was very informative because we learn a lot about state and federal government, but never get to go in depth about local government, so it was interesting to learn about what they do,” Sommers said about the experience. 

When asked about what she took away from the experience, Sommers said: “I can take away that if you are never hungry for more and for growth then you will have a hard time getting where you want in life.” 

This event occurs every year and it is recommended for everyone with an interest in politics. “It is a great learning experience and I got to learn who some of my local officials are,”  Sommers said about the experience.