Junior Councilman Appointed to Ellwood City Council

An exciting announcement was made Monday evening during the Council Meeting – Junior student at Lincoln High School, Colin Smith, was appointed Junior Councilman on the committee.

Junior Councilman Colin Smith

Smith, who is a member of the National Honor Society, kicker on the football team, Blue Band member, and active volunteer in the community, took his Oath of Office Monday evening, signed his name on the X, and pulled up a chair around the table.

He heard about the position via the school guidance counselor and although he doesn’t want to pursue a future in politics, he wants to use the opportunity to develop his leadership skills and learn about how communities work.

“I wanted to be on the council committee so I could learn more about the community,” he said. “Communities are about team work – and teams work best with a leader, not a boss.”

Smith plans on attending the Air Force Academy for computer science after graduation.

According to The Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs, the Junior Council Person Program (JCP) was started in 2000 to offer youth in the local communities an opportunity to get engaged in borough government and develop leadership skills. It also allows borough officials to serve as mentors to students who will be future leaders in their communities.

Smith is not the only one who is excited about the position, Councilwoman Judy Dici offered him some encouraging words during the meeting.

“We don’t want you to sit here, we want you to participate, and as a student of Lincoln you’re a direct link between the Borough and the school. If you see something on the agenda sheet and you have thoughts or ideas about it, we want to hear what you have to say – you’re an active member of council just like the rest of us.”

Smith is expected to be JCP until the end of his senior year.

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