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KYA conference success for SWMS

December 13, 2012
By Bryan Priddy of South Warren Middle School




52 students from South Warren Middle attended the Kentucky Youth Assembly Conference in Louisville and Frankfort. The conference had over 40 middle schools in attendance and over 1,200 middle school students.

The South Warren students did a wonderful job acting as the legislatures of our state and South Warren Middle KYA was awarded a Delegation of Excellence award during the closing award ceremonies.

The students participated in a simulation of legislature branch of our government for the three day conference. South Warren students took four bills (click the bill names to see the full bill idea presented by the students) at the conference:

Hannah Chalfant, Alexis Cherry, Jordan McElroy and Annabelle Ford wrote and presented a bill titled: An act to hold adults criminally responsible for Social Hosting. There bill was passed in committee and presented to the governor and was passed into KYA law and was given the distinction of Outstanding Bill during the closing award ceremony.

Dawson McDaniel, Rosie Gary, Landon Atwood and Emily Simons wrote and presented a bill titled:An act requiring Kentucky homes, two stories or more, to have a fire escape ladder. This group did a great job and represented South Warren Middle in a fantastic manner.

J.B. Carter, Becca Holland, Harrison Garden and Eli Spires wrote and presented a bill titled: An act requiring public schools in Kentucky to offer the choice of water or milk with all school lunches. There bill was passed in committee and presented to the governor and was passed into KYA law and was given the distinction of Outstanding Bill during the closing award ceremony.

Dakota Duncan, Caroline Haas, Alexis Lindsey and Sara Pennington wrote and presented a bill titled: An act to require all schools and state offices in Kentucky to be closed in observation of Veterans Day. This bill was ranked as one of the top ten bills of the conference as was these authors presented their bills on the floor of the House of Representatives and Senate at the Kentucky State Capital and passed both chambers and was presented to and signed by the governor and passed into KYA law and was given the distinction of Outstanding Bill during the closing award ceremony.

In addition to these bill authors and their outstanding work. Amber Ridgeway was awarded a plaque as an Outstanding Delegate for the hard work in preparation for the conference and the manner in which she conducted herself in committee and throughout the conference. Tori Thompson was awarded an outstanding speaker plaque for her insightful speeches she presented on various different bills at the conference. This award is voted on by the advisors from the other schools who observed her speaking throughout the conference.

Congratulations to all 52 South Warren Students and Mr. Spires on a fantastic conference and the way they represented themselves and SWMS!


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