Hello, my name is Emma Hamilton and I am a senior at the Adams-Friendship High School. This year I am serving as a SAYL member of the County Board. Our first meeting was in September. We started with a SAYL meeting where we learned about county board, our roles, and how we could make an impact on our community. Then, we were inducted onto the county board and listened to discussions on several issues regarding our community. After this county board meeting, we attended the AdHoc Strategic Planning Committee Meeting. At this meeting, we discussed the Adams County plan, as well as the goals that we have for the future. It was interesting to give the perspective of a high school student while learning about various things throughout the community that affect our education.
After these first two meetings we attended our first committee meetings. I chose to go to the Land and Water/UWEX Committee Meeting. We heard about the efforts that are being implemented to conserve natural resources, as well as the various educational programs in the community. It was especially interesting to hear about the UWEX free educational programs for youth. Once the month of October began, we had another SAYL and County Board Meeting. At this meeting we were given updates on the resolutions that were being voted on. One of the most interesting parts of this is seeing how these resolutions affect the community, and the amount of work that is put in to improve Adams County as a whole.
The most recent event that I attended as a SAYL Member was the Lincoln Day Dinner. At this event we were served a dinner, and then heard speeches from Representatives Joan Ballweg and Scott Krug, as well as Senator Patrick Testin. They spoke about what they are focusing on as a republican party, as well as how we can work to reach our goals as an entire state. Representative Joan Ballweg even gave each SAYL Member a Wisconsin Blue Book to reference for all contacts and statistics.
Overall, the start of my experience as a SAYL member has been great. Talking with officials throughout the county and state has given me a new outlook on community goals. This has also been an interesting experience to learn more about county government, and how both youth and adults can be involved.