Samantha McCarthy, a Liverpool High School sophomore, will head to the state YMCA Youth and Government conference later this summer.
continued More than 600 students attended the conference in Albany to present the bills they had written in the months before, Kenney said.
But more than just a year full of hard work, the program includes a number of purely fun activities, too.
“Throughout the year we have sleepovers and fundraisers, and we do dance parties,” Kenney said. “The weekend that we’re there, Friday and Saturday night they have huge dance parties where they get to dress up, and we have a DJ and everything.”
For the statewide conference in Albany, McCarthy worked with two other students to present a bill called "Death with Dignity: Legalizing physician assisted suicide in terminally ill patients."
“It’s basically euthanasia, but we didn’t want to put that in there because it has a negative stigma attached to it,” McCarthy said. She further described the bill as “safety for the doctor, not the patient.”
In addition to passing in the senate assembly, where McCarthy presented “Death with Dignity,” the Youth and Government student governor also passed the bill after reviewing all of the bills passed in any of the three assemblies at the conference.
“Now it’s going on to an actual state legislator, so it has the chance to become law,” McCarthy said.
At the Conference on National Affairs, students from across the nation need to present proposals about national-scale issues, rather than entire bills at the state level. McCarthy has decided to propose legalizing polygamy.
“It’s very debatable,” she said. “And gutsy.”
Lately, McCarthy has been changing her mind a lot about what career path she wants to pursue. She’s considered becoming a history or English teacher, a lawyer, or “something completely different” after she took a personality test in her English class.
McCarthy also has high hopes of doing even better than she did this year at next year’s Youth and Government conference.
“I’m going to try and do better, because it would be nice to be chosen again,” she said. “Your first year it’s scary, you don’t know exactly what’s going on, but then your second year it’s ‘Last year was really fun; I can’t wait to do this again.’”