McKinney Middle School students triumph in Austin at the Junior State Youth and Government Competition!! This program is for middle school students who will research, write and debate a state issue with their peers from across Texas in a mock legislature!
After months of preparation, writing and vetting bills, learning legislative procedure, debating, amending and practice, practice, practice. Eighty-five of McKinney’s best and brightest young middle school students piled onto buses and headed to our state capital for the state conference finals of the Junior YMCA Texas Youth and Government competition where more than 300 students gathered to compete from as far away as El Paso.
The Texas Youth and Government program is divided into eight districts from all across our great state! Each year, a one day conference is held in each district. The district conference is a training experience to prepare the student/delegates for the state conference and to nominate officers and other youth leaders for elected offices at the state finals held in Austin each year in early March. This year, McKinney ISD rolled into our state capital with the largest group of youth delegates ever to converge on Austin and came home with top honors! Their hard work really paid off.
Our McKinney Youth celebrating their accomplishment gained through “good old fashioned hard work” are:
Governor 2013/2014 - B. Riley Milliken
Outgoing Governor 2012/2013 - Lexi Thorson
Duran - Denny Shin
House - Cassie Ruml and Adithya Prabakaran
Senate - B. Riley Milliken
Outstanding Chair and Clerk - Jessie Searles and Lauren Patton
Outstanding Staff member of the house - Tori Chiancone
Outstanding Statesman - McKenzy Smith, Asha Christensen
Please join me in congratulating these rising young stars and their awe-inspiring accomplishments. All of the McKinney Youth and Government student delegates, both junior and senior high, would like to acknowledge the dedication and tireless hard work of Dowell Middle Schools very own Mrs. Anderson-Bruess, Mrs AB as she is known in Jr, Legislative circles. For this program could not have realized even a fraction of the success it has, had in not been for her tutelage and compassionate guidance. For without her heart and passion for our children, this program would not exist here in McKinney and our future would certainly be a lot less bright.