The City of Sugar Hill has named the 2018-2019 Youth Council members. Five of the Youth Council members, Laura Ann Acker (Youth Mayor), Camryn Flores (Youth Mayor Pro Tem), Nida Merchant, Bhaumi Shah and Camden Doker are returning candidates from the previous school year. The three remaining positions were awarded to Khushi Mehta, Hyunwoo (Daniel) Park, and Alexis (Lexi) Ducote. These high school students will represent the city for the duration of the school year.
The newly-appointed Youth Council officials were chosen through a process much like their predecessors. Applications were accepted and reviewed by Youth Council Advisor and former council member Mike Sullivan with recommendation from members of staff. Applicants were then interviewed by Sullivan and a selection board. Each year the program continues to draw from a strong pool of applicants and this year was no different. Sullivan spoke about this year’s council saying, “We are very excited about the 2018-19 Youth Council. With a good mix of returning and new council members, we have a great line up of activities and they have selected some great projects both to continue and some new ones as well.”
This is the fifth year for the Youth Council program. The program has grown into a thriving group of Sugar Hill high school students who are truly making a difference in their community. Their accomplishments include the creation of a middle school education event during Georgia Cities Week and creating of a group of teens (Youth Ambassadors) who focus on volunteer work in and around the community. Because of these and several other efforts, the group has been recognized as the example of Youth Councils around the state.
The Sugar Hill Youth Council was sworn in by Mayor Steve Edwards at the City Council meeting on September 10, 2018.