Despite it being fall break, the City of Maricopa Youth Council gathered for a busy meeting Tuesday night. Some of the topics discussed included elections of new officers, planning for the Youth Town Hall on Feb. 28 and preparing for the upcoming Mud Run.
Nancy Saldana, a senior at Maricopa High School, was elected chair. After a three-way tie during the initial round of voting for vice-chair, Kadin Pulliam, a sophomore at Desert Vista, was elected as vice-chair. Deanna Lemorin, an eighth grader at Legacy Traditional School, was elected as secretary. Councilmember Henry Wade served as the vote counter.
In the planning of the Youth Town Hall, potential topics were the growing use of vape pens in schools, increasing academic performance and engagement, managing anxiety at school, cyberbullying, threats of gun violence at schools and options for students after graduating from high school. The winners were cyberbullying and options for high school graduates.
A food drive with city council members was discussed. Plans to collect canned food during Halloween were agreed on, so don’t be surprised if a few trick-or-treaters with wagons of donated food items come knocking.