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ELIZABETH, NJ—May 27, 2014 — On May 27, 2014, Elizabeth students were given the opportunity to observe municipal business as a part of the 60th Annual Youth in Government Day. 
“Every year we honor exceptional students who not only excel in school but are active community leaders. Youth in Government Day gives them the opportunity to participate in daily duties, as well as exchange opinions and ideas with their assigned City Official,” said Mayor Bollwage. “On behalf of the entire City, I wish them well in all future endeavors and thank them for their commitment and dedication.” 
Sponsored by Elizabeth’s City Council, students from the municipality’s public and parochial high schools assumed the positions of local officials during a morning conference at City Council Chamber in Elizabeth’s City Hall.  This year’s Youth in Government Day included 37 young people from Elizabeth’s public and parochial high schools. Upon arrival, students were assigned to City officials and spent a portion of the morning learning job responsibilities from their advisors.
The students took an external tour of the city for a first-hand view of the economic development and new initiatives that are occurring.  At noon, they gathered for a luncheon at Embassy Suites on Glimcher Realty Way in Elizabeth. 
As a part of the day’s events, Mayor J. Christian Bollwage, presented the annual Mayor’s Youth of The Year Award to Fabrice Juin, who is a senior at the Alexander Hamilton Preparatory Academy. Since its inception 49 years ago, the Youth of the Year Award has recognized students for school leadership and community service. 
Fabrice Juin is the Valedictorian in his class and is graduating with honors holding a 4.39 GPA. In addition to being the top student in his class, he was also captain of the State Championship winning Elizabeth High School Varsity football team. After graduation, he will be attending New York University, where he wishes to obtain a Bachelors of Science degree and later enroll in a medical program where he plans to specialize in Oncology. Throughout his high school career, Fabrice was the honored recipient of countless scholastic and athletic awards, including both the Superintendent and Principal Scholar honors. Furthermore, he received the NJSIAA Scholar Athlete Award and was profiled on News 12 New Jersey as a Scholar Athlete. Fabrice is very active in his community, as a member of the Haitian Bethany Baptist Church, where he serves as a member of the youth choir, teacher and educational liaison.  
“This day allows students to participate in the local government process and enables them to gain valuable leadership and communications skills,” said Councilman William Gallman. “It is inspiring to see the students’ eagerness in learning about City Government. I hope each and every one of them takes the information they learned today and applies it to whatever role they take on in the future.”
The activity-filled Youth in Government Day concluded with an afternoon City Council meeting, where the students served as representatives for their assigned City Officials. Each year the Weekly City Council meeting is changed from its usual 7 p.m. meeting time in order to accommodate the student officials. At the end of the day, the students were presented with certificates of merit for their good work.