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Bethel High schools students participate in Model General Assembly
Students from Bethel High School participated in the Model General Assembly (MGA) in Richmond, VA on March 21 to 23, 2019.
The Model General Assembly program was established in 1948 and is designed to introduce high school students to the legislative process of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Legislation is debated in committees and on the floors of the actual Virginia Senate and House of Delegates.
Participants assume the roles of senator, delegate, officer, lobbyist, reporter, or underclassmen legislator.
According to sponsor Holly Saunders, the Youth & Government Club of Bethel High School did extremely well. The students had the following accomplishments during the MGA.
Alexis Pegram, who assumed the role of lobbyist to the Courts of Justice Senate Committee, supported three bills of which two were passed. Two of the bills she opposed were defeated.
Diasanna Pitman served as a reporter and completed three stories that were posted to the MGA blog.
Olivia Fisher, serving as a senator, and Keauna Walker, serving as a delegate, were able to get their bill passed in the Senate Committee and Senate Chamber, but it was defeated in the House Committee.
Christopher Holiday, senator, and Dexter Smith, Jr., delegate, were able to pass their bill through the House Committee, House Chamber, Senate Committee and Senate Chamber. The Youth Governor signed it.
“I don't think many people realize how much work is involved in preparing to attend the Model General Assembly,” said Saunders. “Students were required to research current issues, write legislation and articles, and debate these topics with their peers. All of this work is done in the Youth & Government Club, which is not part of a class and they do not receive any class credit for this extracurricular activity. I am not only proud of the students' dedication and work, but I am also truly inspired by their ideas and willingness to stand up for what they believe. The students who participated gained an unbelievably unique experience and I have seen first hand their growth in academic skills and confidence.”
The Bethel teams have been selected to compete in the final Model Judiciary Program in Richmond on April 22.
Congratulations to our Bethel Bruins on their accomplishments!
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