OCS students, schools receive honors from Kentucky Youth Assembly

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Leadership, communication and critical thinking are three main goals of Oldham County Schools, and hundreds of students employed those skills while at the Kentucky Youth Assembly in recent weeks.

All seven Oldham County middle and high schools attend this three-day experiential learning conference this year, participating in a simulation of the Commonwealth’s democratic process.

Acting as Senators and Representatives, students write, debate and vote on legislation that affects them. As candidates, lobbyists or members of the media, students experience the rich spectrum of activity that constitutes the political process. As advocates and justices, students argue and judge a legal case in the actual Supreme Court chambers of Kentucky. Officers elected by students serve as Governor, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Media Corps Editor in Chief and other conference leadership positions.

KYA offers students the opportunity to learn about a wide variety of issues, develop critical thinking skills, and articulate their beliefs while engaging constructively with those who hold like and opposing views.

Students also have the opportunity to be recognized for their efforts through a variety of awards. Tracy Harris, a spokesperson for Oldham County Schools and former KYA attendee, said the number of awards earned by OCS students is exceptional.

“It is remarkable to see this many students involved in KYA from Oldham County — nearly 200,” she said. “And to see them capitalize on skills we hold so important here in Oldham County — like problem solving, leadership, creativity and communication — is amazing. Seeing these skills in action is how we truly measure success.”

Due to inclement weather, the session in which North Oldham High School will attend has been postponed until February 2014.

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