They debated, put forward motions and cast non-binding votes as their teachers watched and made notes of their performances.
The faux meetings were part of a day-long series of events that included a luncheon for the students featuring student speeches on various issues in the city.
For Conner Robinson, a senior from Hamilton High School who got to wield the power of a school board president, the experience was eye-opening.
“It was a very cool experience and a great way to be involved in the community,” said Robinson.
“The most surprising thing was I really enjoyed (hearing) the comments the other students had. They were really beneficial and they showed what they thought were problems but what we also thought were problems,” he said afterwards.
Hamilton High School Principal John Wilhelm said the real-life, real-setting experiences were invaluable to the teens.
“It’s a great way for students from Hamilton and Badin to get engaged in local government as well as school issues,” said Wilhelm, who watched from the chambers’ public seating.
“Our students are very in tuned with their local government systems and they want to be part of solutions and answers the city has because they are the future of this area,” he said.