East Bladen student honored at Youth Legislative Assembly

RALEIGH – Gov. Pat McCrory’s Youth Advocacy & Involvement Office recognized more than a dozen student leaders for their outstanding service during the 46th annual Youth Legislative Assembly, which was held April 1-3 in Raleigh.

“We are focused on supporting North Carolina’s next generation of future leaders,” said Gov. McCrory. “Our state’s high school students are the best in the country, particularly when it comes to civic leadership and public service. I am proud of each and every one of these student leaders.”

The Outstanding Delegate Award, which is given to the delegate from each YLA committee who contributed the most to discussions during the Assembly, went to Essence Lewis of Elizabethtown She attends East Bladen High School and participated in the Children & Family Committee.

The Youth Legislative Assembly teaches high school students about the laws governing North Carolina’s citizens as well as the lawmaking process. Students draft, debate and vote on mock legislative bills while developing skills in research, interviewing, group facilitation and policy writing. As the bills are debated, the students practice communicating their ideas, opinions and experiences in a team-building environment.

At the conclusion of the three-day program, the participants have a better understanding of the lawmaking process as well as enhanced written and oral communication skills.

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