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KYA (Kentucky Youth Assembly)

PCHS Legislative Bill - userfiles/10/2012%20Kentucky%20Youth%20Assembly%20(KYA)/PC%20Legislative%20Bill.pdf

PCHS Students Participate at KYA
Six Pendleton County High School students recently participated at KYA in Frankfort and Louisville.  The Kentucky Youth Assembly (KYA) is a three-day experiential learning conference in which students participate directly in a simulation of the Commonwealth’s democratic process. Acting as Senators and Representatives, students write, debate, and vote on legislation that affects them. As candidates, lobbyists, or members of the media, students experience the rich spectrum of activity that constitutes our political process. As advocates and justices, students argue and judge a legal case in the actual Supreme Court chambers of Kentucky. Officers elected by students serve as Governor, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Media Corps Editor in Chief, and other conference leadership positions.
PCHS students worked with GATES teacher, Michelle Lustenberg, 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 early release of KEES money and early college admission for those who qualify.  This bill was presented during three subcommittee sessions in Louisville as well as in a House session in Frankfort.  Students also participated in Pro/Con debate regarding bills presented by other high schools from across Kentucky. The PCHS Legislative bill passed in the house and the delegation was awarded a “Delegation of Excellence” distinction at the assembly. Junior delegate, Chelsea B, was also presented an “Outstanding Delegate” award.
 
Pictured outside the Capital are Pendleton County High School KYA delegates Chelsea B, Ronica H, Kyle R, Zach R, Mackenzie M, and Madison W