By Senta Ritter and Katie Thompson
As the 2018 Youth in Government Model Legislative and Judicial conference comes to a close, the seniors say their final goodbyes as delegates. The press had the opportunity to interview some of the seniors to reflect on their time in the program and their plans for the future. The delegates interviewed were Newspaper and Blog Director Eden Rose, and Representative Nicole Kennedy. Both plan on studying at the University of Delaware. While Kennedy will continue her passion of Public Policy, Rose will be majoring in Anthropology. She is a part of the World Scholar Program and will be studying abroad in Rome, Italy for her first semester.
In all four years, Rose has been a part of the Western Family Y delegation. Kennedy on the other hand, has been in YiG for seven years at both the Conrad and Western Family Y delegations.
Rose’s favorite YiG moment was spending time with her old roommates and staying up having late night conversations. One of the roommates, Natalie Walton has had one of the biggest impacts on her. Natalie came back this year as an advisor, and in years past she helped Rose come out of her shell and be more comfortable. Eden came in as a “really quiet kid who didn’t want to put myself out there, afraid of messing up.” Through YiG, she’s learned that “everything isn’t as important as it feels like and you should live your best life trying your hardest at the things you enjoy rather than staying back and just observing.”
Kennedy’s favorite YiG moment was a few years ago, when alum Mabel D’souza had received a character kudo from Kennedy and she thanked her for it. Just like Rose, Kennedy learned that “everyone has a voice and showed me how powerful people can be when they come together.” For Nicole, Mrs. Tracy made the biggest impact on her time at YiG. “In sixth grade she persuaded me to join and without her I definitely would never have considered it. She really helped me grow and I don’t know what I would have done without her.”
Youth in Government has made a major impact on both girls and shaped who they are. Without the program, they both admit they wouldn’t be as outgoing as they are today. The future delegates have a ton to look forward to as both Rose and Kennedy plan on coming back as college advisors. To all the seniors who are leaving, everyone in the program wishes you the best of luck in your future endeavors.