Youth and Government participates in state conference

Lauralton Hall’s Youth and Government Club was recently touted at the 2014 state conference at the state capitol in Hartford. 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.” Lauralton was one of several delegations from high schools throughout the state that competed.

A number of students were presented with individual awards recognizing their outstanding work, including Ariel Kovlakas ‘14 (Outstanding Journalist), Marissa Browne ‘15 and Marissa Favano ‘15 (Youth in Law for the second year in a row) and Ann Marie Guzzi ‘14 (Best Debater). Jessica Vanam ‘15 was elected “Speaker of the House.”

In addition, the following students had their bills passed and signed by the governor as part of the conference: Felicia Tanu ‘16 and Caroline Sarda ’16 (Censorship of Media in Schools), Meghan Dougherty ‘15 and Marissa Browne ‘15 (Congressional District Voting), Maya Zaleski ’17 and Sarah Vaccarelli ’17 (Bullying Outside of Schools), and Taylor Whittaker ‘14 and Ann Marie Guzzi ’14 (Free Law School Tuition for Public Defenders). Maya Zaleski ‘17, Sarah Vaccarelli ‘17, Ann Marie Guzzi ’14 and Taylor Whittaker ‘14 won the competition for “Best Overall Bills.” Sarah Vaccarelli and Maya Zaleski are the first freshmen to ever win this award for Lauralton Hall.

A number of students will be traveling out of state this summer to participate in two similar national conferences with students from over 30 states. These will include travel to North Carolina for the Conference on National Affairs and Chicago for the National Judicial Conference.

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


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