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Congratulations to the ACMS KYA Teams!

Students from Adair County Middle School, led by Advisor Candice Flatt, competed in the Kentucky Youth Assembly (KYA) for the first time on December 3-5, 2023.

The Kentucky Youth Assembly is an experiential learning program in which students serve as part of a model state government. KYA offers students the opportunity to learn and debate policy issues, develop critical thinking skills, and articulate their beliefs while engaging with peers from around Kentucky.

The ACMS students at KYA this year were Hunter Ballou, Sallie Ballou, Josie Blair, Addie Bowman, Maddie Burkhardt, Madi Burns, Bowen Furkin, Jay Harmon, Addie McMinnoway, Emily Smith, Cole Stockton, Pierce Stotts, and Maddie Wethington.

One officer at the conference said Adair County's debate teams were "phenomenal". The middle schoolers brought home numerous awards for their hard work and dedication, including Premier Delegation, and had one bill pass the House and one pass both the House and Senate.

Flatt says, "These are tremendous results, especially for a first-year debate team! We cannot wait to return to KYA next year with experience behind us and more awards in our hands! Congratulations to the ACMS KYA Team!"




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ACMS Bluegrass Debate Team gets big results at KYA



2023-12-08 - Frankfort, KY - Photo courtesy Candice Flatt.
Bowen Furkin, Maddie Wethington, and Pierce Stotts on the grounds at the Capitol. Their team, which also included Hunter Ballou and Cole Stockton (not pictured), proposed a bill which would make it mandatory to wear a helmet while riding a motorcycyle, and presented it to both the KYA House and KYA Senate, passing both, at the 2023 Kentucky Youth Assembly.

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ACMS students get an inside look at government



2023-12-08 - Frankfort, KY - Photo courtesy Candice Flatt.
Students from Adair County Middle School got a taste of the government process in Frankfort in early December. The Kentucky Youth Assembly is an experiential learning program in which students serve as part of a model state government.

KYA offers students the opportunity to learn and debate policy issues, develop critical thinking skills, and articulate their beliefs while engaging with peers from around Kentucky.

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Hunter, Pierce and Bowen at KYA 2023



2023-12-08 - Louisville, KY - Photo from Elizabeth Ballou.
Hunter Ballou, Pierce Stotts and Bowen Furkin presenting at KYA 2023. They are members of the Bluegrass Debate Team, whose bill passed both the KYA House and the KYA Senate at this year's assembly.

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ACMS KYA Bluegrass Debate Team



2023-12-08 - Louisville, KY - Photo courtesy Elizabeth Ballou.
From left to right, are: Pierce Stotts, Bowen Furkin, Maddie Wethington, Hunter Ballou, and Cole Stockton. Their bill passed both the House and the Senate, and the team got to meet with the KYA Lt. Governor.

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ACMS Commonwealth Debate Team at KYA



2023-12-08 - Frankfort, KY - Photo courtesy Candice Flatt.
This is a picture of the Commonwealth debate team. Pictured students are Jay Harmon, Addie Bowman, Emily Smith and Addie McMinnoway. They are passing and vetoing bills as KYA senators.

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