Today, Rep. Mike Clampitt of Bryson City announced that Abbegail King (a Swain County home school student) and Alexandra Zimmerman (a student at Smoky Mountain High School) are winners of the $250 scholarship to attend the 2018 Youth Legislative Assembly. The scholarship pays for lodging, meals, and the general session.
“Youth Legislative Assembly is a program patterned after the Model U.S. Senate, which is an educational program for high school students,” said Clampitt. “YLA gives high school students a real sense of the legislative process, from filing a bill, running it through the committee, to debating the bill on a legislative floor.”
In order to win the $250 scholarship, Ms. King and Ms. Zimmerman were required to submit an essay on what kind of legislation they would introduce while attending YLA. Ms. King’s essay advocated for legalizing the distribution, sale, and consumption of raw milk. Ms. Zimmerman’s essay advocated for the expungement of records of those who engaged in criminal activity under duress, more specifically victims of human trafficking.
“These essays were very well written,” Clampitt said. “I would be most interested in seeing how they are able to shepherd their model legislation through the process. I am happy to extend congratulations to Abbegail and Alexandra on their earning the scholarship, and certainly wish them all the best at next spring’s YLA session.”
The Youth Legislative Assembly, which started in 1970, will take place at the North Carolina Legislative Complex in Raleigh during April 6-8, 2018.