Highlands Middle School Students Excel at KYA Conference
(December 6, 2016) Highlands Middle School Kentucky Youth Assembly (KYA) students attended the KYA conference held in Louisville and Frankfort December 1-3, at which students either presented or debated bills.
Highlands Middle School won the “Delegation of Excellence” award for outstanding debate skills, excellent decorum during the assembly and great speeches. Individual awards were given to Joss F for “Top Speaker” and Juliana R for “Top Delegate.”
Prior to the conference, all students researched bills, practiced debate skills and prepared speeches. The bills presented were “An act to Ban Puppy Mills in the state of Kentucky” and “An act to Establish an Educational Program for public high schools Instructing Students about Financial Skills.”
Both bills passed the first two rounds of debate. The first bill (Puppy Mills) made it to the governor’s office and was turned into a law. Bill speakers were Katie W, Grace W, Libby S and Chloe B.
The second bill (Financial Skills) made it through two rounds of debate and won “Outstanding Commonwealth Bill”. Nora D, Katie J, Ada D and Haven P led bill research and development. Bill speakers were Joss F, Lexi C, Case G and Juliana R.
“I couldn’t be happier with the students’ performances at this year’s Kentucky Youth Assembly,” said Melinda Greenwood, Highlands Middle School KYA advisor. “Each student had the opportunity to speak during the assembly, either through debate or through bill speeches. Many were able to debate or speak on the house and senate chambers, a valuable experience that they won’t forget. Their hard work paid off, and I know they gained a lot of valuable knowledge about our state government in the process.”