FHC Youth And Government Students Win Top Awards

Posted on 11/20/2018
FHC Youth and Goverment students attend convention in Jefferson City

FHC Youth And Government students came home with top awards from this year’s seventieth annual convention in Jefferson City.  

More than 600 students from around Missouri attended the conference, and six FHC students served in top positions and/or received major awards. Seniors Gillian Eichel and Jenna Schwesig held Committee Chair positions, reflecting their understanding of parliamentary procedure and their ability to manage, teach, and prepare delegates for debate on the House floor.

FHC Youth and Government students attend convention in Jefferson CitySenior Gillian Eichel demonstrated her thorough research and presentation talents during debate, which landed her the “Outstanding Statesperson” Award for the second year in a row. Senator Eichel also had her bill, dealing with lowering the primary voting age to seventeen, passed into law. Very few of the bills presented are ultimately signed into law by the youth governor, so this was also a great honor. 

Only about 25 percent of the bills presented in committee actually make it to the calendar in the House of Representatives. Freshman Grace Percy’s bill dealing with “bullying behavior which leads to suicide will be a manslaughter offense,” and Hannah Bernard, with her bill on “decreasing the number of Asian Carp in Missouri waterways,” both received the Outstanding Bill award. Tori Laburay also presented on the floor of the House with her bill on “more training for students in the event of an active shooter in a school.” In the Senate, senior Nicole Fortney presented her bill dealing with “shatterproof glass for intruder protection,” while senior Jenna Schwesig presented her bill on “implementation of mental health class in public high school.”  

FHC Youth and Government students stop at Central DairyThe FHC Media crews were particularly busy this year. Senior Marlee Dunham served as the Technical News Director/ Coordinator, and helped with producing, editing, and directing all of the YAG newscasts which were presented for the first time on social media platforms. Marlee also served as the FHC delegation leader, and with her hard work and dedication to the YAG program, FHC students were always prepared, informed and ready to work hard, no matter what the task.

All nineteen FHC YAG members enjoyed three days of fun, learning, and hard work with delegation advisors Margo Hoffmann and returning FHC alumna Ida Hoffmann-Randall.  

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