Lauralton shines at Youth & Government Conference

The Youth & Government Club of Lauralton Hall, 83 members strong, was the largest of the delegations from high schools throughout the state that recently participated in the annual state conference in Hartford. “It was very successful for all involved,” stated club moderator and history teacher Mark Allen. The club is a mock legislative program associated with the YMCA, in which students assume the roles of state representatives and senators creating original bills which they debate, vote upon, and submit to the student governor to sign into “law.” In addition, the program offers a student-run newspaper that publishes six issues throughout the weekend, a lobbyist program and a mock trial program, and many Lauralton students participate in these additional activities.

Several Lauralton students had their bills successfully debated and passed. Kiernan Black, ’14 and Maureen Connolly, ‘14 won the award of Best Bill for their bill requiring baby changing stations in all public bathrooms. Among the many Lauralton students recognized for their individual contributions and achievements were Abby Janik, ’14 who won Outstanding Journalist and Marissa Browne, ’15 and Marissa Favano, ’15, winners of the coveted Youth in Law crown out of a very large field that included eight teams from Lauralton alone.

Two of our students were elected to state offices: Ana Peruzzi, ’14 is Secretary of State and, for the second year in a row, Abby Janik, ’14 is Editor in Chief of theYAG newspaper.

Lauralton proudly congratulates all members of Youth and Government for their performance at the state conference!

 

 

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