Youth governing event honors its leaders

June 23, 2013 

Several student leaders were honored with special awards at this year’s Youth Legislative Assembly in Raleigh.

More than 200 students from across the state participated in the annual assembly, which is presented by the Youth Advocacy and Involvement Office of the N.C. Department of Administration.

The YLA is a mock general assembly in which high school students draft bills, engage in debate and vote on mock legislation. This year, more than 200 students from 84 high schools met and discussed topics including immigration reform, Internet privacy and natural gas fracturing.

The Sud-Freemark Award of Service honors students who have participated in the YLA for four years, with three of those years being on the leadership team. The 2013 recipients included Austin Jenkins of Raleigh, a student at the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics; Sydney Southerland of Knightdale, a student at Southeast Raleigh High School; and Ilana Green of Garner, a student at Raleigh Charter High School. Austin also received the Jaime and Josh DeBottis Award of Service, which recognizes students who have dedicated three years of service to the YLA and the State Youth Council.

Jayme King of Apex, a student at Holly Springs High School, earned the Jimmy Gibbs Award, which is given each year to the delegate from each committee who contributed the most to the discussion by asking questions, rewriting bills, showing creativity and inspiring others. Jayme serves on the Youth Affairs Committee.

Sanderson High School student Brianna Stancil of Raleigh was awarded the Shivani Sud Foundation Scholarship, which covers the costs of attending YLA.

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