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Bladen Students Attend YLA
Valerie Newton
Elizabethtown, NC - Thirteen high school students from Bladen County recently participated in the N.C. Youth Legislative Assembly conference in Raleigh. Over 200 students from 36 counties were in attendance during the three-day legislative session. 
North Carolina Congressman Justin Burr was the keynote speaker. Wake County District Court Judge Vince Rozier, son of Bladen County School Board member Vinston Rozier, presided over the assembly.
According to its’ website, the N.C. Youth Legislative Assembly (YLA) provides an immersive opportunity to engage and enlighten students in the innovating legislative process leading to more knowledgeable, dynamic and vocal citizenry of both the state and the nation. The primary objective of the YLA is to represent the voice of the North Carolina youth through presenting mock legislation to elected officials.
Student delegates present issues concerning local, state and national government for consideration of bill approval. Each student delegate is a member of one of 10 legislative committees which discuss and recommend to the main assembly a bill relating to issues such as an act to establish an armed guard in secondary North Carolina public schools, or an act to mandate drug testing for all high school athletes in North Carolina. The bills are then debated and voted on by the full youth legislative assembly.
This year Emily Meggs, a student at East Bladen High School was awarded the Sud-Freemark Award of Service and the Richard White Leadership Award.
The Sud-Freemark Award of Service honors students who have participated in the YLA for four years, with three of those years being on the leadership team. Emily served as co-chair of the Substance Abuse Committee.
The Richard White Leadership Award, named after a 1996 YLA Tri-Speaker, is given to the senior-ranking members of the YLA Leadership Team who demonstrate strong leadership and organizational skills. Richard White, who is from Clayton, was an assistant director on the film 300 RISE OF AN EMPIRE as well as other films.
Student Delegates from East that were part of the 2014 Youth Legislative Assembly:
Desiree Moore
Alexis Lacewell
Brandon Jones
Joel Cromartie
Foster Brooks
Adrian Murchison
Emily Meggs
Student Delegates from West that were part of the 2014 Youth Legislative Assembly:

Destiny Slacks
Katya Espino
Kenneth A. Brown
Aaron Cox, Jr.
Bryan Labra
Tavoy Walls

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