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McGuinness Elected Speaker in Youth & Government Program

The YMCAs of New Hampshire held the first weekend in their annual New Hampshire Youth & Government Program.

This year’s event involved 300 students from 29 schools statewide.  The motto of the YMCA Youth & Government Program is “Democracy must be learned by each generation.”

The program celebrates its 70th year this year and gives high school students the opportunity to learn first-hand about state government through two weekends that are held in March and April.

The Pre-Legislative Election Day was held on Saturday, March 17th.  During the Pre-Legislative election, the following students were elected to key offices:

Youth Governor                      Lauren Cavignano                   Trinity High School

Senate President                     Kaia Beckerman                      Timberlane High School

House Speaker                        Anna McGuiness                     ConVal Regional High School

Chief Justice                            Samara St. John                      Trinity High School

Editor in Chief                         Lily Pelkey-Jacobson             Kearsarge Regional High School

The final phase of the program, the Model Legislature, is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, April 6-7, in Concord, NH. During the two-day model legislature, delegates will discuss and debate some 128 bills they have prepared as part of the program.