The Orange County Board of Commissioners was one of many groups that shared their positions as local authorities with area high school students Tuesday afternoon.
Members of the school's student body government attended the 12th annual "Official for a Day" program to gain an understanding of their local government.
Students spent the morning shadowing a county official and the afternoon in a mock Board of Commissioners meeting.
During the meeting, the students followed an agenda that addressed real issues facing Orange County now and in the past.
"The mock meeting allows us to really get the feel of what local government is about," said Orange High Student Body President Matt Compton. "Since we are addressing actual issues, the experience is even more valuable. We wouldn't get the same feel of how things work without using real issues."
Students that acted as county commissioners led the meeting while other students sat in the audience and presented them with cases for discussion.
The students were paired up with officials, ranging from a law enforcement officer to the town manager.
Animal Control Director John Sauls, who participated in the event, intently watched as his student presented her case about barring the display of exotic animals. "We will jump in and help them if they really need it, but otherwise, the students are on their own to present their cases," Sauls said.
James Hunter, a junior, shadowed the Assistant County Manager and said that the best part of his day was attending a school board meeting because there he got exposure to real issues at hand.