STJ at YMCA Youth Legislature
Saint James Students Called to Serve at Youth Legislature
One of the most significant benefits of the YMCA’s Youth Legislative program is teaching students that they can make a difference. From passing bills in legislative chambers, to serving as a Presiding Officer, to playing major roles in the way legislation is passed in each house, Saint James School participants excelled in every aspect of the mock legislative program.
Saint James Sophomore Claudia Hubbard served as First Year Presiding Officer and was elected to serve as Senate Pro Temp for 2017. Claudia’s bill was passed and signed into law by the Youth Governor. Claudia was also selected as a delegate for the Conference on National Affairs (CONA) in North Carolina in June and she was awarded the Servant Leadership Award.
Saint James Junior Harrison Carter served as Assistant Secretary of State and was elected as Secretary of State for 2017. Junior T Diebel served on the Governor’s Cabinet as Director of Transportation and his bill was passed in the House. Saint James Sophomore Katie McIntyre was elected to serve as First Year Presiding Officer for 2017. Junior Anna Claire Bullard served as editor-in-chief of the conference newspaper Tomorrow TODAY and Junior Sydney Stone was on the media staff as a photographer.
Saint James high school students, Allen Azar, Abigail Engles, Atchison Hubbard, Grace Kirkland, Katie McIntyre, Mackenzie Montiel, Stephen Sadie, Annie Skoneki, and Abi Young served as Representatives in the House; Abi Young’s bill was passed in the House. Saint James’ Sara Arrington, Sterling Jones, Hannah White, Samantha White, and Abi Young were Lobbyists in this year’s program.
Serving on the college staff for the second year were Saint James Alumni Caitlin Cobb and Hayley White, both sophomores at the University of Alabama.
The YMCA’s State Youth Legislature is held in February each year and meets at the Alabama State Capitol, State House, and Judicial Building in Montgomery. Several hundred students from across the state participate yearly in the mock-legislative process.
Mrs. Kay McGaughey and Mrs. Cindy Somerville serve as advisors for the Saint James participants.