Baylor Sends 8 To YMCA Youth In Government Conference

Thursday, February 27, 2014
Front row, from left, Caroline Dixon, Ben Workinger and Max Smith.  Back row, from left, Zoe Ubamadu, Rose Dallimore, Andrew Butt, Colin Anderson and Jarrod Vetzel.
Front row, from left, Caroline Dixon, Ben Workinger and Max Smith. Back row, from left, Zoe Ubamadu, Rose Dallimore, Andrew Butt, Colin Anderson and Jarrod Vetzel.

The Baylor middle school Model UN/Student Congress team participated in the YMCA Youth in Government on Tuesday in Chattanooga. 

Colin Anderson, Rose Dallimore, and Jarrod Vetzel were awarded Outstanding Delegate and Outstanding Bill, Andrew Butt and Max Smith won Outstanding Bill, and Ben Workinger was Best Delegate.

As part of the conference, the students gain experience researching, writing legislation, preparing speeches, and engaging in pro/con debates. They also learn the proper use of the parliamentary procedure. 

Three upper school students, Sophia Conwell, Aman Madan, and Jordan McGuffee, are also attending the conference as committee chairs, setting and overseeing the agenda for the event.

The Baylor upper school Model UN/Student Congress team will travel to Nashville in April for the 2014 Model UN.

Baylor teacher Olivia Convertino is the faculty advisor to both groups.

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