Hyde Park High School Students Excel in Youth & Government Competition
The Hyde Park High School Youth and Government team sent 27 team members to the district competition on November 21st.
According to the YMCA Youth & Government organization, "This is a national YMCA program, active in approximately 40 states. Nearly 25,000 students take part annually in Youth & Government conferences, nationwide, with 3,300 adult volunteers and YMCA staff serving as adult advisors.”
This YMCA sponsored competition encourages students to become involved in various aspects of our governmental system—judicial, legislative, executive, state affairs, or media. The judicial branch is organized as a mock trial competition similar to that in law schools, with a mock case, attorneys, witnesses, a judge, and an evaluator. Dayoliz Drews, the HPHS Youth & Government Advisor stated, “All members did a great job at the district competition! Several of our judicial teams had outstanding results. Kathryn Fisher, a first year legislative delegate, placed 18th out of 44 in the Legislative section and a special highlight took place in the media section when Benjamin Price was named as a Distinguished Delegate.”
Along with learning about teamwork at this competition, the students also gained skills in the art of logic, critical thinking, and public speaking. Hyde Park’s Judicial Team led by attorneys Travis Stanford and Parker Burns was undefeated at district. The HP Judicial Team led by attorneys Kate Heston and Emma Dilullo and the Team led by attorneys Jenna Clayborn and Lillian Hotz made it to the District Court Level. HP faculty/staff members Dayoliz Drews, Mary Beth Polski, and Trish Sierra will continue with the HP Youth and Government team members to the state competition in January 2016.