Lakeville students participate in YMCA Youth in Government Model Assembly

A total of 65 Lakeville students participated in the 59th annual YMCA Youth in Government Model Assembly Jan. 10-13 in Minneapolis.

Six of the eight top elected offices for the 2014 conference were from Lakeville. Among those elected were Elise Redetzke, youth governor; Ben Sprengler, chief justice; Sara Bultama, chief judge; Kristina Hufnagle, president of the Senate; Revee Needham, speaker of the House; and Amelia Northrup, presiding officer of National Issues Forum.

The Lakeville delegation also elected its 2013-14 delegation officers. Cody Jones, chair; Mikki Coleman, vice-chair Lakeville North; Revee Needham, vice-chair Lakeville South; Bronson Bruneau, senior representative; Sabrina Kowal, junior representative; and Lillie Lyon, sophomore representative.

Minnesota YMCA Youth in Government is a youth-led, experiential learning opportunity that involves 1,600 middle and high school students each year. It is a nationwide program, active in nearly 40 states. Across the country almost 25,000 students attend state Youth in Government conferences each year, with 3,300 adult volunteers and YMCA staff serving as advisors.