Who was named to Alabaster’s Teen Council?
By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor
ALABASTER –Several new and returning faces will have a direct say in the city’s youth-oriented offerings while learning more about their community over the next year, as the 2018-2019 Alabaster Teen Council took its oath of office during an April 23 City Council meeting.
Thirty-one teens who attend schools in Alabaster were selected to be on the Teen Council for the upcoming year, and several of them will be serving their second year with the group.
The Teen Council is open to all students in grades 9-11 who attend Thompson High School, Kingwood Christian School or Evangel Christian School and area homeschools.
Over the past several years, the Teen Council has grown significantly in numbers, as the group only consisted of 12 teens during its inaugural year in 2014.
During their time serving on the council, the teens will complete a team building day at Family Connection before holding regular meetings with Mayor Marty Handlon and will be involved in organizing teen-focused events such as movie nights and a water slide day this summer.
The purpose of the Teen Council is to “create an informed group of students who are familiar with municipal issues, to develop long-lasting relationships between students and city leaders, to sustain youth presence in a broad range of impact and decision-making areas across the community, to develop future civic leaders and to organize events for community teens.”
“They will learn so much about the city and how the local government operates,” Handlon said before the ceremony.
The following teens were sworn in during the April 23 meeting:
-Anna Kate Church
-Maggie Joe O’Neal
-Anna Cate Tanner
-Abby Grace Walker