Campbellsville Middle School eighth-grader Zaquan Cowan recently made school history.
Cowan was recently elected to serve as president of the Senate at next year’s Kentucky Youth Assembly.
He becomes the third CMS student to serve in that capacity – and this is the third year in a row that next year’s president of the Senate has come from the CMS delegation.
CMS students attended the Kentucky Youth Assembly in Louisville on Dec. 11-13 at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Louisville.
Reagan Knight, now a sophomore at Campbellsville High School, was elected to the president of the Senate position at the KYA convention two years ago and served her duties at last year’s KYA convention.
Last year, Bailey Thompson, who is now a freshman at CHS, was elected president of the Senate and performed her duties at this year’s convention.
And this year, Cowan was elected to the position and will serve his duties at next year’s convention.
But Cowan being elected isn’t the only honor CMS students received at KYA this year.
The CMS students received a Delegation of Excellence award.
Peyton Dabney, a seventh-grader, received an Outstanding Delegate award.
CMS students presented two bills, which were ranked highly during the first day of the convention and then presented at the House of Representatives and Senate at the state capital in Frankfort.
Bill authors included sixth-graders Haylee Allen, Bri Hayes, Briana Davis, Mary Russell, seventh-grader Peyton Dabney and eighth-graders Destiny Hicks, Kaylee Reynolds and Chloe Bennett.
And Jack Sabo, a seventh-grader, served as parliamentarian.
KYA is a three-day conference in which sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students participate in a simulation of Kentucky’s democratic process. Students act as senators and representatives and write bills, debate and then vote on legislation. Students also serve as candidates, lobbyists, members of the media, advocates, justices and more.
About 500 students attended this year’s KYA conference.
CMS teacher Robbilyn Speer is the school’s Y-Club sponsor.
The club is affiliated with the Kentucky YMCA, and members, which are sixth- through eighth-grade students, attend KYA and the Kentucky United Nations Assembly each year.
CMS teacher Jessica Lile is co-sponsor of the Y-Club.
Students attending this year’s KYA convention include sixth-graders Haylee Allen, Briana Davis, Bri Hayes, Jacob Judd, Wesley Reynolds and Mary Russell; seventh-graders Peyton Dabney, Riley Rainwater, Jack Sabo and Tayler Thompson; eighth-graders Chloe Bennett, Zaquan Cowan, Emily Hayden, Destiny Hicks, Kaylee Reynolds and Abi Wiedewitsch; and CHS freshman Bailey Thompson.
CMS eighth-grader Zaquan Cowan, center, is the third CMS student in as many years to be elected as the president of the Senate at the KYA convention. The first was CHS sophomore Reagan Knight, at left, and the second was freshman Bailey Thompson, at right.
Students attending this year’s KYA convention include, from left, front, eighth-grader Destiny Hicks, sixth-grader Briana Davis, eighth-grader Chloe Bennett, seventh-grader Peyton Dabney and sixth-grader Jacob Judd. Second row, seventh-grader Tayler Thompson, eighth-grader Emily Hayden, sixth-graders Haylee Allen and Bri Hayes, CHS freshman Bailey Thompson and seventh-graders Kaylee Reynolds and Riley Rainwater. Back, seventh-grader Jack Sabo, sixth-grader Wesley Reynolds, sixth-grader Mary Russell and eighth-graders Zaquan Cowan and Abi Wiedewitsch.
CMS eighth-grader Zaquan Cowan was elected president of the Senate.
CHS freshman Bailey Thompson performs her duties as president of the Senate.
CHS freshman Bailey Thompson performs her duties as president of the Senate, with eighth-grader Abi Wiedewitsch, who was the Senate clerk.
Students attending this year’s KYA convention include, from left, front, eighth-graders Emily Hayden and Kaylee Reynolds, eighth-grader Zaquan Cowan, seventh-grader Tayler Thompson and sixth-grader Bri Hayes. Second row, seventh-grader Jack Sabo, sixth-graders Wesley Reynolds, Jacob Judd and Briana Hayes and seventh-grader Peyton Dabney. Third row, eighth-grader Destiny Hicks, sixth-grader Haylee Allen, eighth-grader Chloe Bennett and sixth-grader Mary Russell. Back, seventh-grader Riley Rainwater and CMS KYA sponsors and teachers Jessica Lile and Robbilyn Speer.
Students attending this year’s KYA convention include, in front, seventh-grader Peyton Dabney, and, from left, second row, eighth-grader Emily Hayden, seventh-grader Riley Rainwater, eighth-grader Chloe Bennett, sixth-grader Briana Davis, eighth-graders Kaylee Reynolds and Zaquan Cowan, seventh-grader Jack Sabo, CHS freshman Bailey Thompson and seventh-grader Tayler Thompson. Back, eighth-grader Destiny Hicks, sixth-graders Haylee Allen, Bri Hayes and Mary Russell, eighth-grader Abi Wiedewitsch and sixth-graders Jacob Judd and Wesley Reynolds.
From left, CMS sixth-graders Haylee Allen, Bri Hayes, Mary Russell and Briana Davis sit on the Senate floor.
CMS sixth-graders Jacob Judd, at left, and Wesley Reynolds sit on the Senate floor.
CMS seventh-grader Tayler Thompson sits on the Senate floor.
From left, CMS eighth-graders attending KYA include Chloe Bennett, Destiny Hicks, Kaylee Reynolds, Zaquan Cowan and Emily Hayden. Absent from the photo is Abi Wiedewitsch.
CMS seventh-grader Riley Rainwater sits on the Senate floor, at the desk belonging to State Sen. Max Wise, R-Campbellsville.
CMS seventh-grader Peyton Dabney receives an Outstanding Delegate award.
CMS eighth-grader Zaquan Cowan, at right, was elected president of the Senate. CHS freshman Bailey Thompson, at left, was elected president of the Senate last year and served in that capacity this year. They are with CMS Y-Club sponsor Robbilyn Speer.