Photo courtesy of Alexandra Touliatos
Thursday, April 8, through Sunday, April 11, St. Mary’s girls participated in the statewide Youth in Government conference. St. Mary’s was widely represented with girls serving as statespeople, attorneys, lobbyists, and officers.
As always, the delegates finished the weekend with many awards and notable achievements, but this year in particular was a first for St. Mary’s: Ansley Skipper (12) served as the first governor from St. Mary’s in school history.
Skipper said, “Serving as Governor was truly an honor and a challenge that taught me so much about leadership and government. It was also truly a pleasure to lead the conference and to lead the amazing St. Mary’s delegation, both of which have played such a large part in my time in high school.”
The outstanding leadership did not stop there; three other seniors, Ria Patel, Saanya Srivastava, and Laura Isaacs, also served as officers and role models to the rest of the St. Mary’s delegation.
Following in the seniors’ footsteps, the St. Mary’s delegation earned multiple awards and leadership positions for the 2022 conference, all listed below.
2021 Current Officers:
Ansley Skipper (12) - Governor
Ria Patel (12) - Governor’s Chief of Staff
Saanya Srivastava (12) - Speaker Pro Temp of the Red House
Laura Isaacs (12) - Associate Justice of the Supreme Court
2022 Elected Officers:
Alexandra Touliatos (11) - Lieutenant Governor of the Red Senate
Hita Mohan (11) - Speaker of the Red House
Gracie Gerhart (11) - Speaker Pro Temp of the White House
Fia Arbelaez (10) - Attorney General
Camille Smith (10) - Associate Justice of the Supreme Court
Reeya Sharma (9) - Outstanding Lobbyist
Hita Mohan (11) & Lillian Karnes (9) - Outstanding Statesperson
Anum Raza (9), Ellie Royal (9), Anna Smith (9) - Outstanding Bill
Fia Arbelaez (10) & Camille Smith (10) - Outstanding Novice Brief
Alexandra Touliatos (11) & Gracie Gerhart (11)- Top Bill & invited to attend YIG Showcase in May
Ansley Skipper (12)- invited to this summer’s Conference on National Affairs
Ria Patel (12)- invited as an alternate at the Conference on National Affairs
Bills signed into law:
Averie Howell (9) & Erica Ormseth (9) - An Act to Ban Puppy Mills in Tennessee
Georgia Carls (10), Gabby Smith (10), & Anna Douglas Piper (10) - An Act to Require Domestic Abuse Screening During Doctor’s Visits & An Act to Amend Tennessee Code Annotated §36-1-147
Hita Mohan (11), Erin Monroe (11), & Gracie Gerhart (11) - An Act to Increase the Number of Mass Vaccination Sites
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