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Manual KYA Titled Outstanding Delegation

The Kentucky Youth Assembly, better know as KYA, is the fall conference for the Manual Y Club. After months of writing, research, and debate, the club took over 100 students to attend this mock state legislature held at both the Kentucky State Capitol and the Crowne Plaza hotel on November 9-11th.

Each of the students assumes the role of a senator or representative, with a few students taking specialized roles, such as lobbyists, media, candidates, or as a part of the judicial portion.

The seven bills that we took to KYA did exceptionally well. Legislation is the primary focus of the conference, and our success in this area is one of the main reasons that we won the title of “Outstanding Delegation.”

The following bill sponsors deserve many accolades:

Will Drury, Mohammed Al-Mosawi, Marilyn Buente, Sterling Chancy
Bill Title: An Act relating to Restoring Felon Suffrage
Their bill ranked high enough to be debated at the Capitol (we also go to Frankfort), passed in both the House and Senate, and signed into law by the Governor. This is the best a bill group can do.

Molly Armstrong, Brooke Bollinger, Maggie Stinnett, and Matthew Dentinger
Bill Title: An Act relating to the HPV Vaccination in Kentucky Public Middle Schools
Their bill passed in both the House and the Senate, but was vetoed by the Governor. They attempted to override the veto by presenting their bill to the 1,500+ conference attendees, but they did not gain enough votes to do so.

Beatrice Roussell, Ella Cullen, Sam Adams, Sky Carroll
Bill Title: An Act relating to Kentucky’s Lead Disclosures
Their bill passed in the House and the Senate, and was signed into law by the Governor.

Emma Friddy, Scott Dinh, David Bowman
Bill Title: An Act relating to Improving the Sexual Health of the Kentucky’s Youth
Their bill passed in the House and Senate, and was signed into law by the Governor.

Eva Kreitman, Kate Heidari, Elise Williamson
Bill Title: An Act relating to the Provision of Kentucky Counties with Sexual Assault and Rape Health Clinics
Their bill passed in the House and Senate, and was signed into law by the Governor.

Netra Rastogi, Corrine Jeffries, Sierra Kidd, Olivia Dawson
Bill Title: An Act relating to Increasing Access to Education Regarding Mental Health Care
Their bill passed in the Senate but was defeated in the House.

Ellie Hummel, Nimrit Singh
Bill Title: An Act relating to Incorporating Job-Training Programs in Kentucky Prisons
Their bill ranked high enough to be debated at the Capitol, but it did not pass in the House or Senate.

In addition to the recognition of the bills, there was also individual recognition:
We were tremendously successful at the Kentucky Youth Assembly (KYA) conference. Please congratulate these deserving students.

Maddie Goldstein – Outstanding Lobbyist
Donovan Crowder – Outstanding Delegate
Cates Doyle – Outstanding Speaker. This is an extremely difficult award to win. The students who win have to stand out among more than 1,500 students.
Mohammed Al-Mosawi – Outstanding Speaker. The students who win have to stand out among more than 1,500 students.

The following students won best speaker awards in the 1st night of debate committees:

Clara Weiss
Norah Wulkopf
Tanner Pruitt
Nicole White
Ellie Hummel

As a delegation, we were also awarded the following award: Delegation of Excellence

One of the most interesting parts of the whole conference is that even with 1,500 high school students, this is a student lead conference. Every year there is an election for the students who will lead the following year’s conference. The following students served as officers at this year’s KYA:

Andi Wood – Served as a Cabinet Secretary
Ginny Reams – Served as a Justice in the Supreme Court
Amulya Ankem – Served as an Assistant Editor
Anna Sprau – Served as Clerk of the Bluegrass Senate

We also had candidates in the election this year. The following students will serve as officers at KYA 2018 (this list will likely grow, but these were the positions earned at this year’s KYA):

Forest Clevenger – Will serve as Governor at KYA 2018, leading the 3-day conference. This is the highest position a student can win at the conference!

Amulya Ankem – Will serve as Editor-in-Chief, running the entire Media Corp program.

The entire delegation also won the George Williams Award for the most service hours out of the delegations.

One of the highlights of the conference for the Manual students was the induction of Christy Causey, sponsor, into the Advisor Hall of Fame. She was nominated after nine years of service in leading the Manual Y Club. There were some really great quotes sent in by former students, and speeches given by current students. This was a really great 2017, as Coach Bill Jackson was inducted into the Advisor Hall of Fame at the spring conference (KUNA) in 2017. Only one advisor is inducted per conference, meaning that Manual won at each of the conferences it attended in the calendar year 2017.