Finley Students Attend NYS YMCA Model Youth Legislature

Finley Students Attend NYS YMCA Model Youth Legislature photo

Finley Middle School students Jason Downer, Ashly Freeman, Colin Gallagher and Samantha Seery participated in the 2017 New York State YMCA Model Youth Legislature for Middle Schools on Nov. 16-18.

As part of the program, the middle school students acted as senators and assembly members, debating legislation they had prepared and discussing the issues of the state. The students proposed a mock bill for legislative reform of solitary confinements in prisons by reducing consecutive time allowed in isolation and by setting clear and concise parameters for consequences leading to solitude. The committees ultimately passed the students’ bill. 

The conference was a wonderful learning experience for the students. All students did an excellent job, and two students won individual awards. Congratulations to Samantha for being named outstanding delegate and to Colin for being awarded outstanding debater.  A special thanks to teacher Tracy Roberts for helping students prepare for the conference and for accompanying the students to Albany, along with teacher Adam Cirnigliaro.