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KYA (Kentucky Youth Assembly)

Sharp Students Pass Bill at KYA
Phillip A. Sharp Middle School students, Mikinley Grace L and Morgan M, participated at KYA in Frankfort and Louisville from December 9th through the 11th.  During this experience at the Kentucky Youth Assembly (KYA) they participated directly in a simulation of the Commonwealth’s democratic process. Acting as Senators and Representatives, students wrote, debated, and voted on legislation that affects them. Through this YMCA sponsored program, students experienced the rich spectrum of activity that constitutes our political process.
Sharp Middle School students worked through the GATES program to formulate ideas, research, draft a bill, write speeches, and create an education fair presentation board to promote their bill. The students prepared a mock bill this year proposing that all middle schools in Kentucky be required to offer classes for high school credit for those who qualify.  This bill was presented during a first day House of Representative subcommittee sessions in Louisville and was selected as one of six bills to be heard in actual Senate chambers on the following day.  Students presented their bill in Senate chambers and passed.  They were then taken directly to the House of Representatives where they presented again and passed overwhelmingly.  After passing the House, they went to present to the mock Governor and Attorney General to avoid a veto. 
Students also participated in Pro/Con debate regarding 90 other bills presented by middle school students from across Kentucky. The Sharp Middle School Legislative bill passed and was one of seven bills signed into mock law.   The delegation was awarded a “Delegation of Excellence” distinction at KYA.   Morgan , was also presented an “Outstanding Delegate” award and Mikinley Grace L was honored with an “Outstanding Speaker” award.
 
Pictured in Senate Chambers after the presentation of their bill are Phillip A. Sharp Middle School delegates Morgan M and Mikinley Grace L