KYA students make their voices heard at the Capitol

KCMS students pose in front of the Capitol during their visit to KYA.

As our elected officials return to their chambers in the state capitol this week, some of the best bills and amendments could be heard echoing throughout the room just weeks prior.

Twenty-four students from Knox County Middle had the opportunity to participate in the YMCA’s Kentucky Youth Assembly (KYA) program. It allows students throughout the Commonwealth to serve in the various roles of government which includes filing bills on issues of importance to them.

The bill which the Knox County Middle students created and presented was to amend Casey’s Law. Currently under the law youth struggling from  addiction have the right to refuse medical treatment. This amendment would close the age gap and allow love ones the opportunity to get their teenager the help they need.

Principal Jeremy Ledford reported that the bill sponsors did an outstanding job of defending the need for the amendment. Isabella Frost, Timberly Frederick, Eli Blevins and Abigail Beller made a
compelling argument for this bill and it passed.

“They each had unique opportunity of presenting on the Capitol floor,” said Ledford.

The KCMS leadership team would like to thank Angie Payne, Kayla Bright and Tanner Moore for their time and effort given to these students.
“We are proud of our KCMS delegation for their hard work and accomplishments,” said Ledford.