Grayson County Middle School was named a Delegation of Excellence and received the coveted Statesmanship Award during the recent Kentucky Youth Assembly legislative session.
The school also made history as 8th grader Payton Abney was elected Governor, a first for Grayson County.
KYA is a model government conference where hundreds of Kentucky’s brightest teens take over the Capitol Building to debate the important legislative issues of the Commonwealth. While there, students present bills they have written beforehand and attempt to make them legislation just as their own Representatives and Senators do from the same seats.
The Statesmanship Award, is given to a Delegation of Excellence which has been nominated by the advisors of all participating schools for the highest overall quality of contribution to debate. This, along with Best Bill Packet and Best Delegation, is one of three overall delegation awards given each year. Grayson County has come away with one of these for the past 10 years.
Two students, Stetson Higdon and Bailey Richardson were honored with individual Outstanding Speaker Awards.
Hunter Pendergest received the Parliamentarian Award, which is presented to only one student from all schools represented. Parliamentarians help leadership candidates run the room, read title of bills, record time, and record if a bill passes or is defeated.
Spencer Cannon was elected to Leadership Team to run proceedings in the legislative rooms. He was ranked number one of all leadership candidates.
CJ Johnston, Kennedy Ferguson, and Ryan Haycraft were recognized for an Outstanding Premiere Bill. Additional Premiere (first-time) Bills were authored and sponsored by Max Evans, Stetson Higdon, Matthew Loughran and Mason Miller. Legislative Bill authors were Jacob Conder, Mason Parker, Josh Milliner, Caden Woodcock, Chloe Cox and Bailey Richardson.
Several students received speaking recognition based on their participation in bill debate. These were Olivia Sweeney, Grant Manion, Ryan Haycraft, Bailey Richardson, Jacob Conder and Ben Rogers.
Advisors Teresa Blain and Melanie Manion were inducted into the KYA Advisor Hall of Fame.