2012-03-08 / Community

Bay students participate in Youth in Government

When the school bell rings Wednesday, March 14, five local chairs will be empty as students from Big Bay de Noc High School fill seats in the Michigan Legislature for the 64th annual Michigan Youth in Government (MYIG) State Leadership conference.

Seniors, Christine Knudson and Allison Farley; juniors, Shiloh LaButte and Jordan Bradshaw; and sophomore, Devin Jensen will join more than 1,500 other young scholars from more than 150 different schools statewide.

Students will spend five days in Lansing at the Capitol debating, writing bills and lobbying their positions on issues they’ve researched during the school year. They will conduct legislative sessions in the House and Senate chambers and gain a better understanding of the democratic process. Other students will be involved in the Mock Trial Competition or in the National Issues Forum.

The students’ issues of concern will be passed on the Michigan Legislature for review. Last year, students drafted their own versions of anti-bullying legislation.

Governor Snyder signed the official anti-bullying legislation (HB4163) into effect in November 2011.

Michigan Youth in Government is a program of the State YMCA of Michigan and is open to all middle and high school students interested in government. The program began in 1948 and serves more than 2,000 students annually.

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