Participating Kentucky high schools are divided into two conferences, while middle schools are divided into three since more students are involved at that level, Ford-Stagner said. Trigg County High School students were the first to attend their conference. Although the conference was in Frankfort, both the high school and middle school students stayed at a hotel in Louisville because there were so many students staying at hotels in town.
Ford-Stagner said that 49 schools were represented at the West Kentucky high school conference, and that Trigg County was awarded Best Bill Packet from its delegation. Forty-five students attended and four bills were submitted, she said. While most of the students wrote bills dealing with state issues, three seniors participated in the congressional assembly, writing bills on national problems. The students in the state delegation wrote bills proposing: that there should be a state lottery for hunting licenses; that instead of the traditional “orange, flimsy” license, cards with photo IDs resembling drivers’ licenses should be issued to hunters; and that the military reserve branches pay no state income taxes, the same as the active branches. The students in the congressional assembly wrote a bill that would make certain sex offenders ineligible for parole.
Ford-Stagner said that high school senior Elizabeth Dunn has been attending KYA since she was in the sixth grade and was honored this year by being selected as a justice for the Supreme Court. After submitting an application earlier in the year, she was selected as one of six robe-wearing justices, Ford-Stagner said.
“Those who write bills work hard before we leave,” Ford-Stagner said. “Those participating in the Supreme Court work hard when we get there.”
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