Students Participate in Summer YIG Programs

A selected group of students from SJCS attend the YMCA annual Youth in Government State Conference every November. Some of these students continue their YIG experiences into the summer through two national competitions and conferences that attract YIG participants from 36 states.

In July, a St. Joseph’s rising senior and a SJCS alum traveled to Chicago to the highly selective YMCA National Judicial Competition. Georgia Tech senior and SJCS class of 2015 alum, Keyes Gilmore,  took a break from her internship at the US attorney’s office and returned to the competition where she had once participated, to preside over the appellate court. Maegan White, class of 2019, was one of 18 students selected from South Carolina to attended the competition. Maegan competed as an appeals attorney, arguing as a petitioner and respondent in a constitutional case, and also serving as a Supreme Court justice.

Earlier in the summer, Maegan White was also selected to attend the YMCA Conference on National Affairs in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina as a first year delegate. Her proposal about voting rights in US territories advanced to the second round of debate and she participated in debate in all four rounds.