High schoolers at City Hall

Twenty-six Woburn Memorial High School students took part in the 60th annual Donald A. DeLuca Student Government Day at City Hall this past Tuesday. The students, who were chosen based on essays they wrote for their English classes, each shadowed a city official for the day. In preparation, the students came to City Hall the previous day for a welcoming ceremony and to meet their official counterparts. On Tuesday, the students accompanied their designated officials as they carried out their duties. The students also took part in a mock budget hearing in the City Council chamber, were guests at the weekly Woburn Rotary Club meeting, and attended a dinner hosted by Mayor Scott D. Galvin. Student Government Day was conceived in 1953 by the late Donald A. DeLuca, who was the city’s purchasing agent, as a way to introduce students to the workings of local government. About 1,200 students have participated over the years, and many have gone on to careers in government and community service, according to city clerk William Campbell.