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KYA students gather online for 2020 government experience

In the annual Kentucky Youth Assembly, middle and high school students serve as part of a model state government in a three-day experiential learning program. KYA enables them to explore a variety of issues, enhance critical thinking skills, and articulate their beliefs while engaging constructively with peers from around the state. In late fall 2020, however, the COVID-19 pandemic prevented KYA from hosting its in-person conferences in Louisville. Instead, several groups from Fayette County Public Schools participated in two-day virtual sessions. Following are FCPS highlights.

Middle schools 

  • Premiere delegations: Winburn 
  • Outstanding delegates: Zoe Derbyshire of Winburn
  • Elected officers (2021): Sophia Staples of Winburn as lieutenant governor

High schools 

  • Premiere delegations: Lafayette, Henry Clay, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Frederick Douglass, and STEAM Academy
  • Outstanding delegates: Critindon Gannon of STEAM Academy, Jackson Gabbard of Dunbar, Melody Taghizadeh of Lafayette, and Macy Helton of Frederick Douglass 
  • Outstanding lobbyists: Isabelle Logsdon of Lafayette
  • Outstanding bill packets: Lafayette
  • Outstanding statesmanship: Henry Clay
  • Outstanding speakers: Sam Schnelle of STEAM Academy, Anna Bird-Pollan of Henry Clay, and Sarah Sajadi of Lafayette
  • Presiding officers (2020): Bobby Lowther of Lafayette, chief justice; Ashley Armstrong of Lafayette, president of the Bluegrass Senate; and Blair Fraley of Frederick Douglass, secretary of the Executive Cabinet
  • Elected officers (2021): Arden Ensor of Lafayette, speaker of the House; and Brit Buchanan of Lafayette, attorney general

For questions about KYA, please contact East Region Director Ryan Simpson at (502) 227-7028.

(Posted Jan. 11, 2021)

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