Bladen Students Attend YLA
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.
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.
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
Student Delegates from East that were
part of the 2014 Youth Legislative Assembly:
Student Delegates from West that
were part of the 2014 Youth Legislative Assembly:
Aaron Cox, Jr.