STJ’s Cassie Sadie Elected Alabama’s Youth Governor!
Delegates to the YMCA’s 66th Annual Alabama Youth Legislature elected Saint James School junior Cassie Sadie as the 2015 Youth Governor during the event held on Feb. 21-23 in downtown Montgomery. The mock student government program allows 300 high school students from across the state to “take over” the operation of Alabama’s state government functions for a weekend, in a simulation intended to teach students about executive, judicial and legislative operations.
Sadie is the first student from Saint James ever to be elected to the position of Youth Governor. Sadie is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Sadie. She will assume her duties next year. For the 2014 session Sadie served as Secretary of State with classmate Zuri Foster serving as her Assistant Secretary of State.
Other STJ students also received high honors at the student government event. Senior Haley White won the Servant Leader Award. Incoming Governor Sadie and senior Jared Hunter were named to attend the Conference on National Affairs in Black Mountain, N.C. in June, with senior Caitlin Cobb and junior Margaret Ann Kreher selected as alternates. Cobb also served as the Governor’s legal advisor, while Hunter (as Director of Economic and Community Affairs) and White (as Commissioner of the Department of Children's Affairs) served in the Governor’s Cabinet. Nolan Fields and Ty Deemer’s bill, "Constitution Revolution" was signed into law by the 2014 student governor. Colten Alter was selected as one of the Outstanding Delegates in the First Year group and Mackenzie Montiel and Anna Claire Bullard won the Outstanding Bill in First Year.
Working within the legislative branch of government, Lexie Larson served as Senate Reading Clerk and Win Woodson served as House Reading Clerk. House of Representative Delegates were Nolan Fields, Ty Deemer, Coleman Taylor, Sadie Argo, Sarah Kean, Ramsey Webb, Margaret Ann Kreher, and Emma Mathews. Senate Delegates were Caitlin Cobb, Hayley White, Channing Glenn, and Jared Hunter. First Year Delegates were Colten Alter, Bayley Beasley, Anna Claire Bullard, and Mackenzie Montiel.
Working within the judicial branch, Alex Brashears served as a Supreme Court Judge.
In addition to obtaining experience as public officials, several students worked in related positions closely related to the smooth and efficient operation of government. In this vein, students T Diebel and Chanley Ritter served in the media, and Mason Edwards, Harrison Carter, Taylor Meadows, Carly Maddox, Paden Browning, Hollan McWhorter, Shelby Graves, and Sydney Sampson functioned as lobbyists for special interest groups.