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National Recognition for the Annual Public Business From The Floor High School Speech Contest
July 23, 2020

A collaboration between the Sutter County Board of Supervisors and the Active 20-30 Club of Yuba City-Marysville has resulted in national recognition for the annual Public Business From The Floor High School Speech Contest. Out of 541 entries in 18 categories, Sutter County was named "Best In Category" for Civic Engagement and Public Education by the National Association of Counties (NACO) in its 2020 Achievement Award program.

From the website announcing the award:
"Five years ago, the Sutter County Board of Supervisors created a novel program to engage high school students in local government affairs. The annual “Public Business From The Floor” high school speech contest encourages high school students to research county issues and advocate a position from the lectern at a real Board of Supervisors meeting. The contest stresses the right of an individual to petition their government and gives students an opportunity to learn how to address locally elected leaders with their point of view while generating widespread interest in what the students have to say.

With the press in attendance and the event streamed live on the internet, each participant gets three minutes at the lectern—the same amount of time allotted to speakers at Board meetings—to argue a position on a topic that falls under the jurisdiction of the County. Participants are encouraged to visit the County’s website to learn what the County does and are judged, among other things, on how relevant the topic is to County business. County Supervisors and members of a local service club which provides cash prizes are the judges. In 2019, 17 students from seven public and private high schools participated."

That service club is the Active 20-30 Club of Yuba City-Marysville. The Board of Supervisors appreciates their support of a nationally recognized event that promotes participation of local youth in the governance of their community.

Sadly, there was no speech contest this year due to COVID-19, but supervisors look forward to continuing the event when it is safe to assemble.

For 50 years, NACO has recognized innovation in county government operations. For more about the awards, visit the website below.

2020 Achievement Award