The City Commission recognized local students and administrators for participating in the Teen Political Forum in October.
Coral Springs Vice Mayor Roy Gold had attended a similar event held at Marjory Stoneman Douglas a couple of years ago and decided to bring the local schools together to hold a Forum on a bigger scale.
“The event was meant to bridge the disconnect that so many feel with government,” Gold said.
Students from Coral Springs High School, Coral Springs Charter, Stoneman Douglas, Taravella, Coral Glades and Coral Springs Christian Academy formed a planning committee and took the reigns.
“I was really impressed by the teens involvement,” Gold said. “I couldn’t be happier with the outcome.”
The planning committee was extremely happy with the turnout as it was much more than they had anticipated.
“By coming to the event, these teens showed an interest in government,” Gold added.
Panelists included members from different levels of government including all five City Commissioners, State Senator Jeremy Ring, State Representative Ari Porth, Broward County Commissioner Stacy Ritter, Broward County Circuit Judge Peter Weinstein and School Board Member Stephanie Kraft.
Topics ranged from environmental concerns to day care for pregnant students, from the FCAT to school safety.
The Forum wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the City Commission, City staff, students and high school administrators who came together to make this event a reality. The students who participated were Alyssa Kripitzer, Grant Kerwit, Corey Goldfarb, Louis Kushner, Sara Perkins, Samantha Ross, Adam Kuebler, Karla Candelaria, Robin Carrier, Melissa Goldstein, and Carmen Newstreet.
“It was a huge success because of your efforts and we’re looking forward to doing this again next year,” Gold said.