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Heathwood Youth in Government Delegates Win Multiple Awards

Monday, November 20, 2017

Heathwood’s 2017 Youth in Government delegation yet again brought home an impressive list of awards. Junior Jackson Avery was named Outstanding Statesman in the House of Representatives, seniors Marie Charlotte Demetriades, Samantha Gaton, and Isabelle Lord received an Outstanding Bill citation, and Senior Caroline Bunch was honored for Outstanding Media.

The Heathwood students joined some 1400 high school students from all over the state at the Youth in Government Model Legislature & Court Conference in Columbia the week of Nov. 13. The conference’s goal is to provide delegates an opportunity to learn how to solve community problems through the democratic process and to debate and discuss civic issues with their peers.

While many YIG participants play legislative roles, Caroline Bunch and Heathwood junior Ben Mathews served as Co-Editors-in-Chief of the conference’s media team—positions they earned through their strong media work at last year’s YIG conference. Not only did they create a retrospective conference video, they also managed a group of students acting as reporters, photographers, and managers of social media accounts.

One highlight of the video is Caroline’s interview with Zion Williamson, a member of the Spartanburg Day School delegation who is both a YIG enthusiast and the nation’s #1 basketball recruit.

Sponsored by the YMCA of Greenville, SC Youth in Government helps to create the next generation of good citizens through programs that demystify local, state, and national governmental systems so tomorrow’s adults will know how to effect change within these systems. That mission makes YIG a hands-on extension of what Heathwood Upper School students are learning in classes such as AP Government and Politics, State and Local Government, and Urban Planning.

To learn more about what YIG is all about, watch Carolina and Ben's amazing video here.