KHS students recognized at Youth and Government’s Clark Convention


Photo courtesy of Lucas Ravenscraft

KHS MOYAG participants pose for a group photo following the annual YAG mixer.

KHS’s Missouri Youth and Government (MOYAG) club attended the annual Clark Convention in Jefferson City, Mo. where students participated in mock trials, passed mock legislation, held leadership positions and ran for office from Dec. 4-7. Thora Pearson, senior, led this year’s convention as Missouri’s Youth Governor. She introduced both speakers that attended the convention, Gov. Mike Parson, Missouri’s governor, and Elijah Mayfield, the National Down-Syndrome Self-Advocate of the Year. 

KHS had four students run for office at the convention, and of them, Louis Garr, junior, was elected to be the Clark Convention’s 2020 Speaker of the House. 

Lily Bartin, Floor Leader of the Senate and junior, was awarded Best Senate Bill and her legislation was signed into law by Youth Governor Pearson. Lily’s bill worked to fight corruption in civil asset forfeiture, a practice that allows law enforcement officials to seize property. Cece Bartin, member of the judicial branch and sophomore, participated in the semi-final trial at the convention where she argued a case with students from other delegations. Alex Bowles and Jack Bugeé, seniors, also had their bill signed into law. Bowles and Bugeés’ bill added safety regulations to trains in the state.

MOYAG is is a program where students spend part of their semester learning how government works by participating in mock trials or creating their own bills and debating with other students. According to MOYAG’s website, their mission is to prepare students for leadership roles in government by teaching them the democratic process through hands-on experience in the theory and practice of determining public policy. At KHS, the club is headed up by sponsors Lisa Shinabarger and Lucas Ravenscraft. They meet most Wednesdays throughout the year, and sign-ups for the 2020 MOYAG club and convention can be found at next year’s KHS Activities Fair.