By: Sharon Aron Baron
Local high school students will get a first-hand opportunity on how local government works at the next Teen Political Forum.
Created in 2007 by former Mayor Roy Gold, this open mic style event where students address their local elected officials, has gone on to become a huge annual event.
Now led by Commissioner Larry Vignola and assisted by student volunteers and community relations manager Joyce Campos, this year’s panel will consist of Coral Springs city commission members, school board members, and state and county representative officials to be announced.
Coral Springs and Parkland high schools in attendance are Coral Springs, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Coral Glades, Coral Springs Charter and J. P. Taravella. The school with the largest turnout stands to win the “Larry Vignola Traveling Trophy” as well as $1,000 to be used for a school-related improvement program. The runner-up school with the second largest attendance will win $750.
Students will have the opportunity to earn service hours, but must stay until the end of the event to be eligible.
The Annual Teen Political Forum is Held on Thursday, April 18, at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Coral Springs Center for the Arts is located at 2855 Coral Springs Drive.