A delegation of seventeen Episcopal students participated in the virtual Louisiana YMCA Youth Legislature conference from Friday, December 4 - December 6. On Friday, each student presented bills they had written and debate bills in committee.
On Saturday, bills that passed committee were debated in a House or Senate chamber. Seniors Adam Azmeh and Charlie Roth, and Juniors Emily Berg, Ruby Friloux, Ryan Asefi had bills that passed committee and were debated in a House or Senate chamber. All bills that passed were then evaluated by the Supreme Court for constitutionality before heading to the governor’s desk for approval. Emily Berg and Ruby Friloux’s bill passed their House chamber, was signed by the governor, and was voted by the members and leaders in that chamber as the outstanding bill in their House chamber. Senior Charlie Roth was voted by members and leaders in his chamber as an outstanding delegate.
On the final day’s plenary session, Shreya Kamath and Sarah Theriot’s bill passed the full House of Representatives and was signed by the governor. Abhay Basireddy and Robert Xing’s bill was one of just four bills debated by the full Senate and, but unfortunately was not passed.
This year’s delegation included ninth graders Isabella Civello, Glynes Hill, Riley Posey, and Joey Roth; tenth graders Akshay Basireddy, Shreya Kamath, and Carter McLean, Thomas O’Connor, and Sarah Theriot; juniors Ryan Asefi, Emily Berg, Davis Eglin, and Ruby Friloux; twelfth graders Adam Azmeh, Abhay Basireddy, Matthew Bickham, Charlie Roth, and Robert Xing.
Dr. Rebecca Kuhn
Dr. Rebecca Kuhn, Global and Social Studies Director, Exchange Program Coordinator, and AP Psychology teacher, has taught social studies classes at Episcopal since 2016 including AP World History, World History, US History, and US Government. Prior to moving to Baton Rouge, she lived and taught high school in South Korea and South Florida. She holds degrees from Sterling College, The University of Kansas, and Florida Atlantic University. Dr. Kuhn enjoys travelling, reading, and singing. She is married to Dr. Alan Newton.