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Daring delegates: Ann Richards students take on Youth and Government State Conference

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    Claudia Luong (11) takes a bite out of a cookie while waiting outside the Texas State Capitol. Luong competed in the judicial branch in Youth and Government, specifically district court, the highest level of court a team can participate in. Photo by Becca Alonso.
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    From left to right: Charlen Puon (10), Xiemena Sifuentes (10), Eleanor Jeansonne (10), Mia Clark (10), and Sierra Walton (12). Students pose for a picture during the second day of Youth and Government State Conference. All of these delegates worked in the media branch of government, which was divided into three sections: broadcast, social media, and print. Photo by Becca Alonso.
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    Alexis Miller (11) prepares her testimony as a witness before her trial. Photo by Becca Alonso.
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    Ann Richards students hold hands in prayer Saturday morning, looking upon the portrait of former governor Ann Richards. They were headed into their first round of judicial cases. “I feel like Ann Richards is going to guide us through the day. She’s a leader and she inspires me,” Savannah Wallace (11) said. Photo by Becca Alonso.
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    Eleanor Bailey (12) speaks during a legislative session Friday morning. This was her first year in Youth and Government and she has already changed her future plan based on the experience. “I’ve always known that I wanted to be a changemaker,” Bailey said. “I want to help as many people as I can. I was thinking medicine, but I’m thinking politics now. You can only cure one person at a time with medicine, and thousands with politics.” Photo by Becca Alonso.
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    During the worst flu epidemic since 2009 (Wall Street Journal), it’s no surprise the controversial issue of mandatory flu vaccinations surfaced on the Senate floor. The Senate chambers were bustling Friday afternoon at the Capitol as the committee discussed how to efficiently implement a healthy regulation of vaccinations. Photo by Becca Alonso.

The smell of coffee and freshly printed paper wafted through the Renaissance hotel this weekend as 1300 students from all over Texas gathered for the 71st annual YMCA Youth and Government Texas State Conference. 50 students from Ann Richards participated in the event, making for the biggest delegation in the state.

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As good as new: Two perspectives on the new Youth and Government year

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  Wednesday afternoons are one’s that Yoselin Resendiz looks forward to. After the infamously mute school bell rings at 4:35, Resendiz rushes down to Room 150 and into her designated spot next to her Youth and Government (YAG) partner-in-crime Litzy Santana. It is Resendiz’s second year participating in the growing club, but her excitement is…

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Dream team: Teacher sponsors of multiple political science programs join forces

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The very first meeting for Youth and Government (YAG) this year was in Ms. Jill DiCuffa’s classroom, suited for a maximum of 30 students and filled with upwards of 50. This is the largest number of students to participate in the program since it began at Ann Richards nine years ago. During this meeting, the…

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Youth and befuddlement: An ARS senior’s first (and last) YAG experience

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  “Let’s make this conference great again,” the youth governor spoke from his podium into the mic, with a good-natured grin to the conference attendees.   At first I thought the seemingly humorous and light-hearted, knowing references to the current U.S. president’s slogan that were made during opening ceremonies were just that: joking, tongue-in-cheek remarks.…

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Winner takes all: Students succeed at state competition

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This past weekend the top Youth and Government qualifiers from all across the state of Texas competed at the 70th annual Texas Youth and Government State Competition held in the Renaissance Austin Hotel. Youth and Government is a competition where students model the Texas government and compete against other students to earn various awards. The…

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