Kentucky Youth Assembly

kentucky-youth-assembly_1By Suzanne Gorman, Head of Downtown Campus

Just before Thanksgiving, 18 of our students participated in the Kentucky Youth Assembly (KYA). Group advisor (and French teacher) Jenn Buck provided the following detail: 

Students were split into two groups, with each writing a bill ahead of time to be presented and debated at the conference. Our Commonwealth bill was written by seniors Oona Milliken and Maddie Case and junior Hanna Cobb. Our Bluegrass bill was written by sophomores Mike Snyder and Caroline Parker. On the first night, students ranked the bills that would be chosen to be presented in the Capitol. Monday was our trip to Frankfort where the top-ranked bills from both groups were debated on the Senate and House floors. Our Commonwealth bill was debated in the Capitol while our Bluegrass bill was debated back at the Hotel. Unfortunately, neither of our bills passed both House and Senate. Many of the students did join in the various debates and small speeches made about each bill from the different schools, and had a great time meeting other students from all around Kentucky. Oona Milliken was named as outstanding delegate for our delegation!

showcase-logoIn other extracurricular news, our Showcase of Plays premieres tonight, with a second performance on Saturday (both at 7:00 p.m. at the High School). This is an always-entertaining evening of short plays (written in our Playwriting Project, led by Actors Theatre Education Director Jane Jones), along with a performance by our Improv Troupe and a special appearance by some “Dead Poets” courtesy of English teacher Juan Ramirez. Tickets are available at the door –  please join us!

Both the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams started their seasons with wins this week. Bowling, Math League, and Quick Recall continue their competitive seasons as well; of note there are our varsity Quick Recall team’s winning season and junior Will Yelton’s first-place finish among all 11th graders in his division on the first Math League test this year.  

Soon, activities will wind down just a bit as students prepare for final exams. More on that next week!