The final Word from Press Sec. Kasey Siciliano
In the past years of Youth and Government the press has seemingly been overlooked. When I was given the role of Press Secretary I made it my personal mission to completely transform the press branch of the program into the powerful body I knew it could become. As James Madison once said "the free press is the guardian of every other right," when our constitution guaranteed a free press it guaranteed a body of citizens would hold elected officials accountable to public opinion, promote government transparency, and give the people the information they need to fulfill their civic responsibility and form opinions. This is the foundation of a successful and effective press and what I hope to never forget in my future as a journalist. It is my life dream to be Press Secretary of the United States and through this conference I got to experience a little taste of that dream. It was so beautiful to witness the passion and the drive contained within each delegate as they debated their bills and expressed their opinions. It was amazing to watch each member of press grow in their passion for media and grow closer together. The way which these talented individuals went along with my ambitions and created something above and beyond my wildest imagination has filled me with a joy that has made my passion for politics grow even greater. Even though I only got to experience this program for one year, as I am a senior, I am forever grateful to be a part of a new precedent of a powerful press and for lighting a fire for media that will not soon be put out within me and my successors. In an ever more divided nation it gives me hope to know that the next generation is learning to discuss, fact check, and persevere and I know that as four branches of government we can and will preserve democracy.
By Juliana Discher
Chief Justice Graham Parker said the judicial branch is introducing new changes this year to make it more tied in with the other branches.
“As Chief Justice, my goal is to oversee the operation of the judicial branch and make sure everyone is on board,” Graham said. “This year we are introducing the constitutionality trials. We meshed the legislative and judicial branch. This garnered more interest for the judicial side too because there was more people who wanted to be involved.”
Chief Justice Parker Graham said he hopes to encourage more people to join the judicial branch in the future.
“There are always less judicial people, but this year since we split the district in half, the other district got more people.” Graham said. “I want to encourage people to step out of their comfort zone because judicial may look intimidating, but it is really fun once you get the hang of it. We would love to have more involved in the judicial system.”
"Youth and Government has Been my life"
Today we sat down with Youth Governor Ishmael Cody-Harvell, asking him about his platform and his plan for change. Read on to get to know your Governor.
Ishmael hails from the North YMCA and has been attending Youth & Government since he was a freshman. He has served as a senator and the director of outreach in the governor's cabinet. He is also a founding member of the Franklin County Youth Council and has served on a Diversity Board at his school. Ishmael published his bill by bill platform to allow people to know what they are up against and to give them a chance for alteration. His goals include supporting progressive and comprehensive legislation and finding alternative routes to age old problems. He is most passionate about social justice because he loves helping others, and he feels social justice encompasses everything. As governor he has established judicial review as a part of the program and intends to continue bridging the gap between the legislative and judicial branches. When Ishmael thinks of Youth and Government he thinks of a collection of little moments which have a big impact and a discovery of passion. Tune into our broadcast to hear his advice to first time delegates!
Rating V. HearingS
The new system allows bills to be rated within the committee before a floor hearing occurs. Fourth year student Tyquan Kendrix from North YMCA comments that while the new system can help to eliminate joke bills, it can be difficult to make a decision without hearing from the author. Mr. Kendrix also stated that this system can allow for misinterpretation of the bills. In past years bills have simply been presented in order, as opposed to this years preliminary paperwork. As an experienced delegate Mr. Kendrix is excited to see how the new system effects bill hearings. It is impossible for all bills to be heard in such a short time therefore the system was designed to increase efficiency, hoping that the best bills will be heard. Maybe the conference should just be longer!
Zayahna Smith: North YMCA (1st year)
Tyquan Kendrix: North YMCA (4th year)