Nearly 60 Upper School students participated in KYA (Kentucky Youth Assembly) between December 10-12, 2023. During this annual conference, our Bearcats participated in meaningful discussions and debates around state legislature. For the second year in a row, our Bearcats received a Premier Delegation award at the conference!
In preparation for the conference, students worked hard to research and write bills. On top of their Premier Delegation award, KCD brought home many impressive individual achievements—including three bills being signed into “law.”
Here are some of the highlights from this year’s conference:
KCD won a Premier Delegation award.
Jackson Easley won Outstanding Delegate for KCD.
Adam Dockstader won a conference-wide award for Outstanding Speaker.
Oliver Coyne ran for a presiding officer position (a demanding challenge that required a lot of public speaking, campaigning, and hard work). He had great help from Lainey Terlau as his campaign manager. While he didn’t win a position, we’re eagerly waiting (and expecting) to hear whether he won a presiding officer role over the Bluegrass House or Senate.
Ainsley Brangers, Adeem Gill, Cooper Robinson, and Sam Doster wrote an excellent bill on creating alternatives to juvenile detention and they did a great job presenting it. While it didn't pass, I'm proud of their hard work!
Our other three bill author groups all had their bills passed by the House and Senate and signed into law! Those groups are below:
Anya Sharma, Aria Mohammadi, Lorelai Anne, and Riya Reddy created an outstanding bill on ending solitary confinement for youth in detention centers
Lainey Terlau and Sarah Vibbert wrote a wonderful bill on mandating a financial literacy class for all high school students
Adam Dockstader, Shaan Bains, Aya Alnabhan, and Naya Singal wrote a really persuasive bill on increasing training requirements for Kentuckians interested in owning title II and III weapons.
Congratulations to our ~60 participants and big thanks to our amazing chaperones, Dr. Picken, Mr. Johnson, Ms. Sallaberry, and Ms. Apple!
Kentucky Country Day School is a private JK–12, coeducational school located on a spacious 80+ acre campus in Louisville, KY. KCD combines a rigorous academic program with a wide variety of athletic and extracurricular programs. Our outstanding faculty creates an intimate learning environment that is both challenging and supportive.