Patton senior attends legislative event

Patton senior attends legislative event
Posted on 05/17/2019

Mikayla Holden chose to hone her debate skills and get a glimpse at how state government works by attending the North Carolina Youth Legislative Assembly (YLA). The event happened to fall on prom weekend in April for the Patton High School senior. But the future political science major hopeful who plans to attend UNC-Chapel Hill in the fall thought the mock legislative session would be more beneficial to her future. She and other high school students spent the weekend voicing their opinions and voting on issues concerning local, state and national government. The YLA is patterned after the NC General Assembly and the students actually draft a final report of their debates and votes and present them to the governor and legislators.

Mikayla said she has always been interested in political science and law, but more so recently with what has been happening nationally with the border debate. While a part of the YLA, Mikayla was assigned to the judiciary committee and debated school safety, metal detectors in schools and agriculture. “It opened my perspective to different things,” she said. She added she learned valuable lessons and skills, including Roberts Rules of Order. She also got a small taste of what it will be like to be away from home and at college. She was assigned a roommate and made new friends. She also plans to apply as a legislative page this summer.

Burke County Public School Superintendent Dr. Larry Putnam said, “Mikayla is a bright young lady, and I am proud of her for taking on this challenge and attending the state’s Youth Legislative Assembly. I have no doubt she represented Burke County Public Schools well. I am excited about Mikayla’s future and can’t wait to see her grow even more in college and all of the good she will do in the world.”

Mikayla is on her school’s cheer squad, dances, is a member of Model UN, is in the Anchor Club, Spanish Club, and a member of the National Honor Society, is involved in her youth group at church and is an usher at church. She volunteers at Mountain View Elementary School and is an office intern at Meridian. Mikayla is the daughter of Mike Holden, a retired Burke County Public Schools principal, and Alicia Holden, an exceptional children teacher at Patton.

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