Dexter appoints student representatives to boards and commissions

By Doug Marrin, STN Reporter

A young and fresh perspective has been added to Dexter’s boards and commissions.

At its June 13, 2022 meeting, Dexter City Council approved Mayor Keough’s recommendations for student representatives to city government groups.

Dexter City Council is an exception among municipalities in the area in that it provides two seats for student representatives on its councils and commissions. Students attend meetings, can take part in discussions, but do not vote on issues.

Each spring, Dexter opens applications for spots. Interested students complete a short questionnaire/application. Mayor Keough then interviews each candidate and submits his recommendations to Council for nomination.

Congratulations to the following students on their respective nominations by City Council. Included is a note or two from their app.

municipal Council

The municipal council is made up of six members and the mayor. They are responsible for approving the budget, approving payment of bills, passing ordinances, setting tax rates and any other City business that may come before them.

  • Adam DeGregorio (Grade 10) has experience in communications and leadership as Vice President of Dexter Pride Festival, Grade 9 Representative on the Student Advisory Council, and board member of MOASH.
  • Bonnie Keating (Grade 12) served as a student liaison for the school board. She has been involved in student council, anti-bullying club, speaking, debating, and forensics.

Urban planning committee

The town planning commission is responsible for advising the town council on the proper development of the town of Dexter. They are also responsible for the capital improvement plan.

  • Brock McIntrye (Grade 12) has experience in public speaking and team collaboration. He participated in Model UN, is the first cellist of the chamber orchestra and plays tennis at DHS.
  • Charlotte Bruderley (Grade 11) served as Treasurer of Model UN. She is involved with the National Honors Society, Women in Science, Science Bowl, Varsity Tennis, violin, and the non-profit group Civics Unplugged.
  • Julien Malek (Grade 11) was a member of the Student Advisory Council and the National Honors Society. Julian plays soccer on a travel team and has been involved with Speech and Debate for DHS. Next year, Julian will serve as president of Feed the Need, a charitable life skills club at DHS.

Parks and Recreation Commission

The Parks and Recreation Commission oversees the planning and development of the city’s parks. The municipal council appoints them to an advisory council.

  • Annalena Eisele (Grade 11) served on the Student Advisory Council. She was a member of the debate team, Women in Science and Science Bowl. Annalena is co-founder of the Weird History Club and the Dexter Law Society.
  • Owen Bigger (Grade 12) likes lively and engaged discussions. He is involved in Junior Varsity Tennis, Dexter Robotics (Dreadbots) and a member of the National Honors Society.
  • Sadie Gehan (Grade 11) is interested in the workings of government and has taken a course on AP government. She is involved with the National Honors Society local government group, Michigan Thunder Soccer Club, Women in Science, Science Bowl and Chamber Orchestra (violin). She co-founded the Weird History Club and the DHS Law Society.

Arts, Culture and Heritage Committee

ACHS advises City Council on arts, culture and heritage development, promotion and dissemination of projects, advocacy and public awareness, networking and collaboration.

  • Connor Koch (Grade 12) is returning to ACHC for another year. He was the Pit Lead of Dexter’s robotics team, Dreadbots, and will be next year as well. Conner has been involved with Marching Band and Model UN.
  • Hannah Olson (10th grade) served as a 9th grade representative on the Dexter High School Student Advisory Council. She studies and competes at the piano. Hannah studies music and voice, participating in the Dexter High School Concert Choir. She is a part-time caregiver for a family member.