Saint James
Saint James School
Montgomery, Alabama

Saint James Senior Honored with Youth Legislature Award

Saint James students were awarded high honors during the 2019 Alabama Youth Legislature conference. (L-R): Jeffery Ford, Haley Brightwell, Ryan Barranco, Trinity Hunter, and Tyson Eley.

Saint James School students worked tirelessly to prepare and participate in the 2019 Alabama Youth Legislature. STJ high school students served in a host of roles during the conference that included holding numerous elected positions, debating bills, and documenting the highlights of the weekend. Saint James Senior Trinity Hunter served as Secretary of State, was selected to attend the Council on National Affairs this summer, and was awarded the high honor as the Betty Carr Award recipient for 2019. This recognition is presented to the Alabama YMCA Youth Legislature delegate who gives fully to the program, exhibits excellent debating skills, works diligently behind the scenes, and stands for his/her beliefs.

“I cannot overstate how outstanding Trinity Hunter and the rest of the Saint James students were at Youth Legislature this year,” said Mrs. Kiki Hughes, Saint James School American History teacher and Youth in Government Advisor. “They all worked together ahead of time and carried out their responsibilities at the conference with maturity and professionalism. During the closing assembly, Trinity was recognized for her dedication and commitment to Youth Legislature with such a wonderful and deserving honor, the Betty Carr Award. Youth Leg and the other Youth in Government programs truly give students an opportunity to find just right niche for them – whether it is public speaking or working behind the scenes – there is a place for every student to grow their skills and find their own voice. It is a fabulous foundation for high school students.”

During the 2019 conference, Saint James Sophomore Ryan Barranco was chosen as an alternate for the Council on National Affairs and was elected to serve as House Pro Temp in 2020. Ryan was the only delegate from Montgomery elected to an office for next year. Sophomore Jeffery Ford served as Assistant Attorney General; Senior Kat Wright served as Assistant Secretary of State; Freshman Haley Brightwell and Sophomore Tyson Eley were selected as Outstanding Members of the First Year Chamber; Sophomore Makenzie Corley, Freshman Kendall Hardaway, Freshman Emily Headley, Junior Joe Higgins, Freshman Ellen Lane, and Sophomore Morgan Parrish all debated bills in their respective chambers; Senior Lizzy Headley served on the media team that documented the entire conference.

Youth Legislature is a national YMCA program for high school students preparing them for moral and political leadership through training in the theory and practice of developing public policy. The Alabama YMCA Youth Legislature is a program promoted and developed through the Student YMCA and Government Clubs of the YMCA. It is an educational approach to the development of citizen participation in the democratic government by providing opportunities to high school youth to study public government through a model legislative program.

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