KYA earns top honors at annual conference

Members of the Lynn Camp Kentucky Youth Assembly team have again earned top honors at their annual conference held in Louisville.

The Kentucky Youth Assembly (KYA) is a three-day experiential learning conference hosted by the Kentucky YMCA in which students participate directly in a simulation of the Commonwealth’s democratic process. Acting as Senators and Representatives, students write, debate, and vote on legislation that affects them.

This year, the 11-person team from Lynn Camp wrote two bills concerning school security.

The bill team of Erick Fritts, Andrew Jones and Josh Asher wrote a bill that would arm teachers across the state, while the bill team of Abigail Sell and Shelby Green wrote a bill calling for a state-wide security scoring system.

Fritts, Jones and Asher’s bill was awarded Outstanding Premiere Bill, beating 20 other bills. Sell was recognized out of 1,000 students for the award of Outstanding Speaker and Emily Garlen was awarded Outstanding Delegate.

Delegate Amber Garrison was selected to speak on a bill in the Senate chambers in Frankfort.

In addition, the entire Lynn Camp KYA team consisting of Lauren Tipton, Amber Garrison, Emily Garlen, Brooklin White, Abigail Sell, Shelby Green, Pamela Collins, Emily Partin, Erick Fritts, Joshua Asher, and Andrew Jones was awarded Delegation of Excellence for their commitment to excellence in all areas of the conference, beating out 100-person delegations from the top schools in Kentucky.