2014-03-22 / The Bullhorn

RCS students represent in YLA conference

By Hannah Lunsford

Selected Roxboro Community School (RCS) students will attend the 2014-2015 Youth Legislative Assembly (YLA) Conference March 21-23.

YLA is a mock legislative session where high school students vote on issues in the government and share their opinions with others.

Five RCS students, sophomore Daniel Taylor, sophomore Emily Pierce, junior Anderson Clayton, junior Brandon Combs and senior Ben Townsend will attend the conference as committee chairs – those who represent 10 different committees each having to do with a pressing issue in today’s government. Each set of co-chairs is responsible for writing a bill having to do with the committee they are assigned to.

Sophomore Ashton Martin will also attend the conference as a clerk.

As a clerk, Martin will guide the tri-speakers, the overall leaders of the conference, throughout the process and control the time of the debates.

RCS school advisor Wanda Ball said, “As co-chairs, YLA offers students a leadership experience unlike any other. Student leaders collaborate with delegates and professional consultants on writing their bills; then, they present their bills to the assembly and give clarification during the debate.”

She continued “The entire process hones co-chairs’ communication and organizational skills. RCS is fortunate to have six officers this year – plus former RCS students Darby Madewell and Kate Branch who are now at North Carolina School of Science and Math – to guide our delegates through the assembly this year. Personally, I am so proud of the commitment these youth have made as officers. Since November 2013, cochairs have gone to Raleigh on Saturdays to plan and organize for the March 21-23 YLA Assembly.

“I can hardly wait to see these dedicated, talented individuals in action this weekend.”

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