Ninety students who participate in Oregon’s YMCA Youth and Government program took  their seats in the Oregon Capitol House and Senate Chambers on Friday, February 7 and Saturday, February 8. They represented delegations from area high schools, including McKay, Dayton, Newberg, Sherwood, West Albany, South Salem, and West Salem.

The program is an annual 3-day intensive educational experience unlike any other. It allows students to practice parliamentary procedure and actively participate in a mock legislative process. Working with volunteer advisors at their schools, delegates learn how to write bills, work in committee, and debate on the chamber floor.  They serve as legislative officers and elect a youth governor.

McKay’s Andrew Kalmen served as the Speaker of the House with Raquel Marquez Guerrero serving as Clerk of the House and Luis Marquez Guerrero as House Sargent-at-Arms. The McKay delegation consisted of eight awesome students who represented McKay well: Andrew Kalmen, Raquel Marques Guerrero, Luis Marquez Guerrero, Lesly Rojas, Lesly Tenorio, Cleome Jones, Viviana Diaz Martinez, and Misael Torres Pimentel.

Way to go Scots!