"The 40th Y Clubs of Georgia Junior Youth Assembly will come to order."
"Will the Senators please rise for the oath of office."
"Mr. Speaker, is it not true?"
The above statements became the "order of the day" during this past weekend as over 300 students from 6th, 7th and 8th grades attended the 40th Junior Youth Assembly, sponsored by the State YMCA of Georgia’s Center for Civic Engagement, Inc. Junior Youth Assembly participants came from schools throughout Georgia.
The 3-day mock legislature gave the young "Senators" and "Representatives" a chance to learn firsthand the practical operation of state government. There were 50 Bills debated dealing with such subjects as:
· Limiting number of students in each K-12 classroom
· Making it illegal for those in the front seat of a vehicle to use a phone while the vehicle is in operation
· Requiring a gun safety course prior to the purchase of a fire arm
· Mandating all schools have security devices
· Protection for Georgia Honeybees
· Allowing educators to carry firearms in schools
17 students from Waycross Middle School participated in the event. These students were Rosa F., Christopher J., Bailey J., Myles W., Henry B., Alexandra C., Kate G., Arthur K., Clarence W., Sophia C., Lilly F., Ruby L., Josh David V., Claire P., Diamond W., Kate H., and Mcaulley S..
Kate G., a 7th grade student at Waycross Middle, was recognized for writing the most outstanding Senate Bill of the convention, and Arthur K., also in the 7th grade, won the same award for the most outstanding House of Representatives Bill.
Clint Bowman, Kris Tillman and Amy Farmer were faculty advisors for the group. Mr. Bowman stated, "Waycross Middle thanks the parents of these students for the financial support that allowed these students to participate and their continued support of these types of programs. Waycross Middle would also like to thank Ethel Elerson, Tom Dibiase at Spanish Village Apartments and Drs. Wynn and Dannette Kallay at Southeast Georgia Pediatrics for their generous financial contributions that made this trip possible."
The Principal at Waycross Middle is David Hitt.
Arthur K. (center) accepts the award for the Best House of Representatives Bill from (left) Chan Creswell, Youth Assembly Governor, and Dr. Randall Trammel, Director of the Junior Youth Assembly.
Kate G. (center) accepts the award for the Best Senate Bill from (left) Chan Creswell, Youth Assembly Governor, and Dr. Randall Trammel, Director of the Junior Youth Assembly.