Bryan Students Take Home Top Awards from Jefferson City

Posted on 12/19/2017
Bryan Students Take Home Top Awards from Jefferson City

It is human nature to desire improvement in the way our government operates, no matter where we fall on the political spectrum. But some people actually do more than talk – they take action. The Bryan Middle School Civic Leadership Institute group, a precursor to the high school Youth and Government (also known as Youth in Government) program, took their first steps toward affecting positive change when they recently traveled to Jefferson City, Missouri, for the YAG annual state convention. If they are the future of government, then the future looks bright.

Bryan Middle took a delegation of 20 eighth graders to the Lewis State Convention for Missouri Youth and Government, their sixth year attending the meet. These students participate in the Civic Leadership Institute, which gives them a preview of all that YAG has to offer when they move up to the high school level. Andrea Jandt, social studies teacher at Bryan, is the group’s sponsor. “The students learn to write bills and debate,” Jandt said, “and practice the judicial process with closing arguments.”

It is not just simulations of the executive, judicial, and legislative branches, though. The Fourth Estate – the media – is also a part of YAG. “The CLI students get interviewed by the YAG media group to give them a sneak-peek at that program as well.”

YAG is a great way to introduce students to the intriguing world of politics and government, by engaging them in realistic simulations. Those who truly excel in YAG have usually participated in CLI. “I think the CLI program is an amazing opportunity for younger students to get a head start on their high school YAG career,” Jandt said. “It's also so great to return year after year and see my former eighth grade students take on leadership roles or really shine in the program as high school students. The current eighth graders also love meeting the high school YAG students from FHHS and FHC who were once CLI students.”

Nine Bryan students won individual awards for the CLI program, chosen by other sponsors and the YAG staff. Please congratulate the following students on their success!

Emerging Leader
Mackenzie Beckmann

Outstanding Statesperson
Grace Bahru
Alexis Barnes
Alyssa Bernier

Best Bill
Jordan Switzer
Ben Sorensen

Best Trial Argument
Hannah Bernard
Marlene Andert
Zoe Michals

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