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Canfield senior not waiting to make a difference

September 19, 2018
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Last month, Ohio Attorney General Mike De Wine announced the more than 300 students who will be representing 52 Ohio counties after being named to his office' Teen Ambassador Board for the upcoming school year. Among those selected is Canfield High School senior Dominic DeRamo.

"We created this board to give Ohio high school students an opportunity to learn about law and government and to hear their ideas," Attorney General DeWine said in a press release in August. "We look forward to working with this group of students."

Part of the mission of the Teen Ambassador Board is to give the students serving on it a look at Ohio law and government, from the inside. The Board is open to high school seniors and juniors from any Ohio school, including public, private, home, charter and online schools.

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Canfield High School senior Dominic DeRamo is among the 300 Ohio students from 52 Ohio counties who will be serving on Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's Teen Ambassador Board for the coming school year. The honor is one DeRamo takes to heart, since he has such a passion for politics and government.

As for what DeWine and the state gets out of this partnership, the young people are able to offer the teenage aspect on issues in the hopes of finding suitable solutions.

DeRamo, son of Jill and Joe DeRamo of Canfield, said he is looking forward to serving on the board and hopes the experience will further fuel his passion for government and how it works.

"My being on the CHS Speech and Debate Team and other involvements have helped shaped me," he said.

He attended the first meeting of the teen ambassadors in August, at which time the selected students split into groups with assistant attorney generals heading each group.

"They were shocked at what we were bringing up as issues affected teens today," DeRamo said. "Things like vaping and social media for example."

While the board will not be extremely busy right now, there will be conferences in the early part of 2019 that will bring all the ambassadors together to hold hearings on various matters and offer input.

In the meantime DeRamo will continue his busy life with the speech team, choir, National Honor Society, Model United Nations, and his roles as student council officer and senior class officer. As if that weren't enough for any student to be involve with, DeRamo took on one more big effort that took him to Washington D.C.

He got sponsorship from Sen. Sherrod Brown to serve as a Senate page. He said it required writing a 500-word essay on a government issue and how to solve it. The next step was a phone interview and finally notification of acceptance into the program. From the initial application to the final phone call was about a month. DeRamo served for several weeks in August.

"It was amazing to be in Washington D.C., working in a place with such powerful people is humbling," he said. "To see these powerful people in a casual aspect was also special. It changed my view and my stereotyping thoughts."

He gave the example of Senator Elizabeth Warren, who he claimed pulled out her cell phone and was showing a very funny video of her cat.

"It was hysterical," DeRamo said. "But it showed me they are all human."

Serving as a Senate page and now the state's Teen Ambassador Board fit right in with the path DeRamo said he is on. While he has not yet chosen a college, he does have an idea of the what he wants to do.

"I want to work my way up to law school," he said. "I want to go into the judicial system to make a difference in the lives of people."



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