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March 20, 2008

Birmingham-Southern student delegation recognized at Collegiate Legislature in Montgomery

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A student delegation from Birmingham-Southern College was recognized as the Most Outstanding Delegation at the annual conference of the YMCA's Collegiate Legislature held earlier this month in Montgomery.

Four-year institutions of higher learning from around the state gathered for the weekend conference to participate in moot sessions with rules and procedures closely patterned after those of the Alabama Legislature.

This was the first time Birmingham-Southern has participated in the conference. The BSC delegation included the following students: James Butler of Dothan; Stephanie Gossett of Blountsville; Zach Guyse of Decatur; Alex Masterson of Town Creek; Ashley Rhea of Vestavia; and Kacey Swindell of Athens.

Masterson, a freshman political science major, received an award for writing the Most Outstanding Bill, which is the highest award at the collegiate conference.

Rhea, also a freshman political science major, was recognized as the Most Outstanding Delegate.

Started in 1995, the Collegiate Legislature is conducted with the guidance of the YMCA Youth in Government staff and sponsored by the Alabama Student Association. This hands-on learning experience provides college students with a better understanding of the legislative process in Alabama and the elements necessary for effecting positive change through legislative procedure.

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