On November 30-December 2, 2017, the Garrard Middle School KYA delegation attended the KYA Conference at the Crowne Plaza in Louisville, Kentucky. The delegation consisted of 42 students, four sponsors, and one chaperone. The Kentucky Youth Assembly is a 3-day experiential learning program in which students serve as part of a model state government.
Students participated in bill writing and presenting, bill ranking, voting for bills, pro/con debates, and for the first time the GMS delegation had a student run for office. Three of the four bills written and presented by the delegation were signed into law by the KYA governor.
The GMS KYA delegation won the Delegation of Excellence award, Karli Kirkpatrick was awarded the Outstanding Delegate award, and Kelsey Beedy was voted President of the Senate!