St. Albans Mayor Dick Callaway proclaimed this Municipal Government Week and urged increased community involvement in local government.
"Local government offers citizens the best opportunity to be heard and to influence the course of their community," Callaway said.
The mayor awarded plaques to local youths and some adults who have already taken initiative in the local government by participating in Teen Court, which is organized to address issues with young offenders.
Teen courts previously operated on the county level only, but as part of the drug task force, the city of St. Albans approached the state Legislature to have to law changed.
St. Albans has the first Teen Court in the state to be administered on a local level.
The court is presided over by a judge or attorney; however, the prosecutors, defense attorneys and juries are comprised of other youths who determine the punishment of their peers who breech the law.
Teens mete out the punishments for offenses that include smoking, selling marijuana and traffic violations.
"It's really just a great experience about the law," said one participant, Emily Stricklen.
In addition to Stricklen, Callaway awarded plaques to Haley Sapp, Rachell