The Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders hosted its 7th Annual "Youth in County Government Day" on Wednesday, April 9, 2008. Held in conjunction with "National County Government Week", celebrated this year during the week of April 6 -12, 2008, a combination of four junior and senior high school students from each of the County's 10 high schools were invited to participate in the afternoon's activities.
Students were escorted by Freeholder Director Hal Wirths, Deputy Freeholder Director Glen Vetrano, Freeholder Jeff Parrott, and Freeholder Phil Crabb, on walking tours of several downtown Newton County Government facilities, which included the Surrogate's Court, County Clerk's Office, Sheriff's Office, and the Keogh-Dwyer Correctional Facility. Upon returning to the Administrative Center, the students were treated to refreshments prior to attending presentations by each of the five Department Administrators and the Sussex County Prosecutor, which emphasized the public services available to residents, everyday functions and responsibilities of local County Government, and insight into the complexity of the judicial system.
This year a total of 23 students, representing 9 of the area's high schools, participated in the annual event, concluding with a game of Sussex County's version of Jeopardy, composed of the information presented to the students throughout the afternoon. Each student received a Certificate of Recognition from the Freeholder Board acknowledging their participation in "Youth in County Government Day."