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Student Government Day

Student Government Day LogoStudent Government Day ("SGD") is an opportunity for civic-minded middle and high school students, selected by an application process, to spend a day at Town Hall and experience first-hand our local government in action, learning about the policy-making procedures and operations of municipal government.

Participants will meet the Mayor, Town Council Members, Town Department Heads and Town Staff, and will engage in discussions with them about important Town matters. They will learn about the services provided by Town government and play the roles of Mayor, Council Members, Town Staff and Citizens in a Mock Special Town Council Meeting.

When and Where

Middle School Students - February 7, 2017
High School Students - February 21, 2017

The day begins at 8:30am and ends at approximately 4:30 pm (See Schedule)

All program activities occur at Hilton Head Island Town Hall, One Town Center Court, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928.

Applications and Eligibility

All Hilton Head Island middle and high school students (including those from public schools, private schools and home-based schools) are eligible to apply, regardless of their primary residence. Additionally, Hilton Head Island middle and high school residents who attend school outside of Hilton Head Island are eligible to apply.

The Town will select 16 middle school students and 16 high school students for each SGD. Middle school students may participate once during their middle school grades, but may reapply as high school students. High school students may apply and participate in SGD up to 2 times while in grades 9-12.

Applications may be found on the Town of Hilton Head Island website (links provide on the left) and must be completed and returned by September 16th, 2016. Applications will be reviewed by Town Staff for completeness and eligibility and forwarded to Town Council's Community Services Committee for selection.

Photo of SGDStudent Responsibilities prior to SGD

Prior to SGD, eligible students must complete and submit an application by September 16th, 2016. If selected, the participant will engage in the pre-SGD communications, including submitting topics of interests for discussion and preparing "campaign" materials.

Student Responsibilities during SGD

Students must arrive at Town Hall promptly at 8:30am and complete their Student Government Worksheets throughout the day. Proper dress is required. Please dress as you would for a job interview. (No jeans, miniskirts, leggings, t-shirts, sneakers, shorts, sleeveless tops or flip flops.) Exemplary Conduct is expected, including courtesy and respect toward all staff, officials and other participants. Participants should be punctual and attentive throughout the course of SGD.

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