• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

St. Leo students participate in Kentucky Youth Assembly

A DELEGATION OF STUDENTS from St. Leo School participated in the Kentucky Youth Assembly conference, Nov. 6 to 8. From left are Anna Ward, Ashley Higdon, Ella Moran, Kyndal Price, Duncan Gregory and teacher Kate Bauman. (Photo submitted)

A group of students representing St. Leo School was recognized as a "Delegation of Excellence" during this year's Kentucky Youth Assembly (KYA) conference, from Nov. 6 to 8. Additionally, the student-delegation was honored as having the Outstanding Bluegrass Bill for its legislation on cyber-bullying in middle school, which created a curriculum for a course on cyber-bullying. "I was jumping up and down," said social studies teacher Kate Bauman of her reaction when St. Leo's delegation received the recognition. "I think I was more excited than they were." Ashley Higdon was named an Outstanding Delegate, which she described as a special recognition because it meant other student-delegates "paid attention" to what she was saying. "I was a little bit nervous," said Ashley, "but then once you got up there it was fine." It had been several years since St. Leo School had sent a student delegation to KYA, but Bauman wanted her students to experience "government in action" before going on the annual Washington, D. C., trip in May. Her students - likely the smallest delegation representing a school at KYA - learned how much work goes into getting a bill passed through the legislative process. "I learned a lot about politics and the process," said bill sponsor Kyndal Price. "It's a lot harder than you would think." She and other students from St. Leo got to present their delegation's bill in the State Capitol annex building in Frankfort - sitting in the same chairs as state legislators. "We're actually experiencing what they do," said bill sponsor Anna Ward. "They get to learn without even realizing they're learning," said Bauman. "So it's a wonderful conference." Kentucky Youth Assembly conferences are organized by the Kentucky YMCA annually. More than 800 students participated in the KYA conference attended by St. Leo's delegation.

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