Sayre News

Sayre Strong at KYA 2016!
Posted 11/30/2016 03:26PM

Elected as statewide officers, Sayre students Spencer Stewart '17 and Missy Hill '19 served as Governor and Bluegrass Senate President at the 2016 Kentucky Youth Assembly in Louisville, November 17-19. Continuing their tradition of excellence, the Sayre delegation received the following individual awards and recognition:

  • Outstanding Delegate: Josh Simpson '17
  • Outstanding Speakers: Tia Carr '17, Kate Christensen '18, and Wick Hallos '19
  • Outstanding Judicial Advocate: Ellie Webb '18
  • Bluegrass Bills passed both House and Senate chambers in the Capitol and signed into law:
    • “An act to equip and certify first responders for the administration of Naloxone,” by Olivia Allran '20, Leena Haider '20, Caroline Parker '20, and Aya Samadi '20
    • “An act to reduce corporate income tax for companies in the state of Kentucky,” by John Gunasar '20, Wick Hallos '19, Alex Mills '19 and Garrett Nail '19

The 38-member delegation represented Sayre well in the full range of KYA program areas, including:

  • Leadership
    • Kate Christensen and Benjamin Waltman '20 ran campaigns for executive office
    • Josh Simpson chaired legislative committees and sessions
    • Cassidy Hook '19 clerked for the Bluegrass Senate President
    • Isabel Pergande '18 and Marielena Villaran '18 served as parliamentarians
  • Legislative –
    • Emma Bilberry '17, Tia Carr and Anjali Shankar '17 passed a bill in the Commonwealth Senate “to require products containing pseudoephedrine, ephedrine, and phenylpropanolamine to be classified as prescription-only drugs.”
    • Mitchell Barber '18, Kathleen Beebe '20, Calbi Brewer '18, MJ Farrell '20, Taylor Johnson '17, Vanessa Jones '20, Wrennie Lambert '19, Sierra O’Brien '20, Laiba Rasul '20, Laura Rich '20, Audrey Sams '20, Lauren Shepherd '18, Lucy Sims '18, and Caroline Yandell '20 debated and voted as delegates in legislatiave chambers.
  • Judicial –
    • Greg Kimmerer '18, Karuna Lakhiani '19, and Ellie Webb served as advocates, presenting oral arguments before the KYA Supreme Court and advising the Attorney General on constitutionality of laws
  • Lobbyists –
    • Mohsin Akhtar '18 represented clients and influenced legislative debate through advocacy and networking.
  • Media Corps –
    • Madeleine Bruelheide '19 served as a photographer for the YMCA Youth Association app, web blog, and video platforms.

Congratulations to Sayre’s delegation and thanks to its advisors and chaperones Delia Pergande, Linda Beck and Tom Pergande.

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