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KYA named Premiere Delegation at annual conference

KYA attended the annual state convention in Louisville on November 8 and 9 and came away big winners.

The EJH Y-Club of 20 students, in just two days, delivered over 176 speeches (just our students alone), debated 17 pieces of legislation, and presented two of our own bills.   Eighth grader Lucy Miner was awarded Outstanding Speaker, giving over 15 speeches. This award is voted on by delegations from other schools.  Eighth grader Angelo DiLorenzo was voted as Outstanding Delegate from Hayes.

Commonwealth Bill #3; presented and led by 8th graders Lucy Miner and Isaac Love was just narrowly defeated in the Senate, so close that the chair had to call the vote twice. Their bill was “An Act Relating to a Free Breakfast and Lunch Program for all P-12 Kentucky Public School Students.”

Bluegrass Bill #2; presented and led by 6th graders Jase Rogers, Connor Harris, Karsyn Gault, and John Mac Dickerson successfully passed both the House of Representatives and the Senate, then later signed into law by the Lieutenant Governor! This is a BIG deal! Their bill was “An Act to Extend the Minimum Lunch Period in Every Kentucky Public School.”

Hayes was awarded Premiere Delegation status by the Kentucky state YMCA office.  And finally, for embodying the mission of the YMCA and demonstrating the four core values of Honesty, Caring, Respect, and Responsibility, our delegation was awarded the Conference Life Award. This recognition is voted on by all other delegations at the conference and is granted a nice shiny trophy as well.