20 Feb 2017

CHS Students Shine At YMCA Youth And Government Conference

Catholic High students from all grades participated in the 55th Louisiana YMCA Youth Legislature Conference. Students debated in the House of Representatives, Senate and Supreme Court gaining a unique insight into how the American legislative system works. Seven students’ bills were signed into law, and three students won awards for outstanding bills. Catholic High senior and Speaker of the House Ben Smith said, ÒThis year our delegates performed so well. They made connections with students from around the state and at every turn promoted the values of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart.Ó

Sophomore Spencer Hietman and freshman Luke BellaÕs bill to reform LouisianaÕs prison system to maximize rehabilitation and drive down recidivism rates, was one of four bills to make the Plenary session. It passed with nearly unanimous approval. Junior Dalton MajorÕs bill to protect the gun rights of citizens while ensuring safe gun transactions also passed the Plenary session and both were signed by the Governor. Senior Chris Alumbaugh, a new comer to the program, reflected on his experience noting, ÒIt was such an amazing opportunity, I regret not doing it earlier.Ó  

Perhaps most exciting was the election of Dalton Major, Evan Dille and Drake Brignac to state board positions. Dalton Major was elected President of the Senate, Evan Dille was elected Chief Justice and Drake Brignac was elected Governor. It is the first time in nearly ten years Catholic High School has held so many state board offices. 

Looking forward, students are already planning for next year’s conference. Eighth grader Benjamin Bennett summed it up best by saying, ÒIÕm already thinking about bill ideas for next year.”