Monday's meeting began with the swearing-in of seven Kennesaw high school students who comprise this year's city Youth Council.
The students are Ryan Nichols, Felipe Valles and Amir Munshi, seniors at ; Emily Mathews, a sophomore at North Cobb High School; and Katie Meier, Rebecca Fant and Kristen Stritch, all seniors at .
Kennesaw Mayor Mark Mathews administered their oath and congratulated them on being selected. The Kennesaw Youth Council was created in 2002 to encourage teen involvement in local government and the community. It is a team of high school students who are selected by a panel of school representatives and city staff through a written application and oral interview process.
The purpose of the Youth Council is to provide the Mayor, City Council and city staff with a teen perspective on the , the and future growth. The Youth Council meets twice a month at City Hall. Its members develop agendas and report directly to the City Council at scheduled Council meetings. Mrs. Suzie Thrash serves as advisor and liaison to the Youth Council.
The Youth Council has an office at Kennesaw Mountain High School, giving students greater access to members who can deliver their concerns directly to the City Council.