Youth Parliament set for March

The chamber of the Legislative Assembly is slated to ring with the voices of Cayman’s youth on 13 March this year when a group of them will ‘take over’ the Parliament for a day.

Speaker Edna Moyle and Members of the Legislative Assembly will welcome younger talent to usurp their role – for the second time in these Islands, said a GIS press release.

On that day the Cayman Islands Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association holds a Youth Parliament when the young of the Islands conduct the entire ‘business’ of the House and get first-hand knowledge of some of the onerous tasks that the people’s representatives routinely undertake in their public life, the release said.

Taking part in the second Youth Parliament, the first of which was held in 2001, will be a number of high school students as well as some participants of past Branch CPA activities and international Youth Parliaments organized by the parent CPA. The ages of the participants range from 14 to 25 years.

The local CPA’s sub-committee is currently busy at work to ensure the success of the Youth Parliament. Committee Members Alfonso Wright (chairman), Osbourne Bodden, Lucille Seymour and Rolston Anglin, assisted by Clerk of the LA Wendy Lauer (secretary), aim to put an interesting programme together with a view to making the whole exercise a useful and appealing one to the participants, the release said.

In this connection, the sub-committee will hold a strategy meeting for all those attending the Youth Parliament on Saturday, 21 January from 11am at the Legislative Assembly building to fine-tune event details.

High school student participants: Sherie Jackson and Mikhail McLaughlin of John Gray High; Richard Watson and Kayla Archibold of George Hicks High School; Reshma Nikeeta Seeram and Dustin Bodden of Cayman Brac High School; Elizabeth Charles and Alex Stoll of Triple C School; Kimberly Solomon and Stuart Gorter of St. Ignatius High; Kalesha Edwards and Marvin Hurlston of Wesleyan Christian Academy; Gabriella Mendoza and Joseph Gracey of Grace Christian Academy; Kimberly Robinson and Brian Ogilvie of Cayman Prep and High; Kelly Brown and Paige Foster of Cayman International School. Travis Ritch of St. Ignatius High will attend as an independent invitee.

University College of the Cayman Islands participants: Sylvia Powery and Brian Whittaker.

Past CPA participants: Marzeta Bodden; Kamaal Connolly; Angella Scott; Kimberly Williams; Sydney Terry; Orrie Merren; Calicia Burke; Chantele Whittaker and Joanna Jackson.

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