Corry’s AP U.S. Government & Politics students attended the Youth Civic Engagement Symposium on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022. During the day-long event, they learned about each level of government - federal, state and local - while visiting the Federal Courthouse, Erie County Courthouse and Erie City Hall. Each presenter shared details of the government functions they participate in as part of their jobs and also gave students information about different types of careers within their departments or offices. Key speakers representing the federal level of government included Christian Trabold, Assistant U.S. Attorney; Todd Carlson, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security; Major John Nygaard, Retired U.S. Air Force. From the state government were Trooper Brian Arrington, Pennsylvania State Police; Regina Smith, Senator Dan Laughlin's Office; and Brian McNult, PA Dept. of Transportation. County presenters included Erie County Executive Brenton Davis, District Attorney Elizabeth Hirz, Erie County Councilperson Mary Rennie, and Erie County Clerk Julie Slomski. From Erie City Hall, students learned from Major Joe Schember, City of Erie Traffic Engineer LeAnn Parmenter and Impact Corry Executive Director Chuck Grey.
The event was hosted by Gannon University, Erie Together, and Senator Pat Toomey’s Office.
Students outside the Erie County Courthouse in front from left are
Easton Barber, Morgan Martin, Mallory Dahlgren, Taylor Mitchell, Alexis Heiser, and Reagan Porter.
In back from left are Brodie Riley, Conner Vanco, Brody Burlingame, Tenley Janes, Aimee Curtis, Lindsey Hasbrouck, Delaney Nickerson, Will Allen and Cameron Ricketts.