Baton Rouge, La. – Ten students in the Interactive Leaders Engaging and Advancing Democracy (iLEAD) Club at the Kentwood High Magnet School and St. Helena College and Career Academy participated in the 2017 Youth Legislature Session hosted by the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Baton Rouge. The annual event was held March 20 -21 at the Old State Capitol in Baton Rouge.
Youth Legislator, which has been in existence for over 35 years, is a program that introduces middle school students to the legislative process through classroom application, and participation in a two-day mock legislative process. This year students received a surprise visit from Louisiana’s Secretary of State, Tom Schedler.
Young “future political” hopefuls get an opportunity to select a governor, house and senate officers. This year Christopher Muse, an eighth grader at St. Helena College & Career Academy ran for Governor. Although, Muse was a few votes shy of winning the election, he delivered a very clever speech that will resonate with the hearts of many youth legislature participants. Muse was also appointed to the Governor’s Cabinet where he served on both the Health & Welfare, and Commerce Committees.
“I learned many things, while serving on the Governor’s Cabinet,” said Muse.
During the session, youth participants that exhibit an exceptional level of professionalism, positive and frequent participation, and democratic spirit get an opportunity to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. This years’ inductee is Youth Senator Xavier Gordon, an eighth grader at St. Helena College & Career Academy.
The iLEAD club is an in-school club developed by Nicolette Gordon, Assistant Area Agent at Southern University Agricultural Research & Extension Center. The club is dedicated to training student government officers and members in St. Helena and Tangipahoa Parish schools.
Students participating and their elected positions were Nicholas English, youth senator; Xavier Gordon youth senator; Ronnie Morgan, youth senator; Mela’Je Hurst, youth representative; Yelitz Gonzales, youth representative; Corey LeBlanc, youth representative; Chassidy Millspaugh, youth representative; Kymonin Muse, youth representative and Jacolby Parker, youth representative.