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SCPS Middle School Students Represent at KYA

(Shelbyville, Kentucky December 6, 2018)

Shelby County Public Schools is proud of the middle school students who participated in the Kentucky Youth Assembly or KYA.  

KYA is a three-day, learning conference in which students participate directly in 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 makes up our political process. As advocates and justices, students argue and judge a legal case in the actual Kentucky Supreme Court chambers.  Officers elected by students serve as Governor, Speaker of the House, President of the Senate, and are appointed to other conference leadership positions.  

 KYA offers students the opportunity to learn about a wide variety of issues, develop critical thinking skills, and articulate their beliefs while engaging constructively with those who hold like and opposing views.

Some of the bills that were presented included "An Act to Implement Child Abuse Education," "An Act Relating to Ending Daylight Saving Time," "An Act to Implement More School REsource Officers in Schools K-12 in Kentucky," a bill strengthening Kentucky's hate crime laws, bills dealing with a family centered education program about the dangers of opioid abuse and a requirement of all middle school students to participate in a school-sponsored extra-curricular activity to reduce depression and obesity.  A few other bills included a bill requiring coal companies to discontinue mountaintop removal and a bill requiring manufacturers of crib mattresses to begin installing a sensor to help prevent Sudden Unexpected Infant Syndrome. 

Lily Jasper, an 8th grader at MLCHS gave her initial speech in her campaign for Presiding OFficer of the Senate, ending with the slogan, "You know the drill, vote for Lil!" on Sunday, December 2nd. After the opening session, the Bill Sponsors presented their bills to stduents from other schools.  Bills were debated and ranked to determine whether or not they would be taken to the Capitol to be presented on Monday. 

On Monday, the students were split into the House and the Senate to debate bills.  Many students wrote bills, presented bills and debated on the floor. Some students made tri-folds and lined the halls to explain the bills to those who needed to know more.  Monday night students had time for a social and interacted with students from other schools. 

Awards were presented to the following students: Emmy Libke and Isabella Higgins were awarded for their bill passing. Amelia Fisher was awarded "Outsanding Doorkeeper."  MLCHS 8th graders were commeded with the "Premier Delegation" Award. Lily Jasper was voted to serve as President of teh Senate for next year's conference.  East Middle and West Middle were both recognized as "Outstanding Delegations at KYA." Brady Morris was awarded the Outstanding Delegate Award and an award for Outstanding Speaker. Brayden Lacer and Sean Dreher were awarded the Outstanding Delegate Awards.

Lily Roadcap said, "My favorite times at KYA was attending the Kentucky State Capital, getting to debate in front of people on a bill and the closing night dance with all my friends.  Attending KYA was so much fun and a great learning experience.  I can't wait to go again next year."

Connor Roberts, whose group's bill to implement more school resrouce officers in Kentucky, said, "Attending KYA was a really cool experience.  I liked being able to see the process of how a bill can become a law.  Government and politics have always beren topics that interest me.  I look forward to attending next year.  Watching my group get the bill passed at the capital was my favorite part."

Brayden Lacer said, "I learned about the parliamentary procedure and teh complete legislative process for passing a bill."

Participants at KYA included:

Adams, Ella

Blair, Allie

Blair, Brinlee

Bom, Kylie

Calvert, Lily

Cline, Elli

Conley, Josh

Douthitt, Reagen

Evans, Darius

Fisher, Amelia

Georges, Nicholas

Gregory, CeCe

Hamilton, Veronica

Hensley, Savannah

Higgins, Isabella

Hogg, Charlie

Holland, Harper

Human, Cassidy

Jasper, Lily

Jewell, Kameron

Jones  Cecilia

Keys, Ashton

Libke, Emmy

Moorman, Autumn

Morris, Brooke

Morrison, Blake                          

Pennington, Kara

Potter, Izzy

Quinn, Abby

Rempe, Claire

Roadcap, Lily

Roberts, Connor

Seymour, Janna

Suttor, Ethan

Wakeman, Stella

Wheeler, Hayley

ADALYN BAILEY
GAVIN BALL
DREW BALLARD
BREYA BLAIR
JACK BOLIN
EMMA BRIDGE
LILLY BULLOCK
GABBY COTTONGIM
JACKSON DATILLO
NOLAN DAY
KYRIE DICKENSON
PRESTON DOERR
GRACE EVANS
MCKENZIE FERGUSON
OLIVIA HARDIGREE
JULIANNE HARDIN
RACHEL HESSE
NATHAN JANES
LAUREN JANES
JUSTIN JOHNSON
CAROLINA JUAREZ
MONTSERRAT JUAREZ
LINDSEY KEYS
DANI LYONS
SADIE MARTENS
JALYNN MARTIN
BRADY . MORRIS
BRADSHAW NETHERY
CALE SCHMIDT
MAGGIE SHEEHAN
TRENT SMITH
TAYAN STANSFIELD
KAYLEE SWALLOWS
NOAH TERRY
CLAIRE TURPEN
JACKSON VANCE
COOPER WAFORD
ZACH ZIMMERMAN

MAC ALLEN
GARRETT BAGLEY
TRINITY BOHANNON
SEAN DREHER
LYLE GOODWIN
BRAYDEN LACER
EMMA MARCUM
ULICES SANDOVAL
EMILIA WALDRIDGE
NEVAEH WOOTEN
KYA Outstanding Speakers
KYA Participants
KYA participants