Elizabeth Storm from Bishop Lynch High School was recently named the 2020 Law Related Education Teacher of the Year! This prestigious award is given annually by the Texas Lawyers Auxiliary to celebrate the accomplishments of teachers who have made significant contributions in the area of Law Related Education. Besides a recognition certificate, the award carries a $1,000 gift to show the deep appreciation the Texas Lawyers Auxiliary has for Storm and the work she does. Storm embodies the purpose of Youth and Government and teaches her students about democracy and how not to lose faith in government. We are lucky to have her in our program and working with our students!
We already know that the teachers in Texas YG are the best educators in the state. However, it is always exciting to see our teachers receive recognition elsewhere. Armin Salek, the club advisor at Akins High School, is a standout teacher in the Austin District and successfully led two judicial teams to 5th and 2nd place at the 2020 State Conference. Salek is also a renowned teacher outside of YG. In April, Austin ISD named Salek Teacher of the Year for 2020. In addition, Salek was recently awarded the Rather Prize, an award given to the student, teacher, or administrator with the best idea on how to improve education in Texas. You can watch a video here and here to learn more about the Rather Prize and Salek’s ideas to improve education.
Congratulations to Salek on all of your achievements! We are lucky to have you as a member of the Texas YG family!
This was a challenging week for our 22 delegates that participated in CONA 2020 on a new virtual platform. Despite the many unexpected difficulties that our delegates face, Texas showed up strong at CONA this year. We would like to congratulate the members of the Texas YG family that served in leadership roles this week and celebrate the recipients of various awards.
First, congrats to Timothy Sinnott, member of the Texas State YG Board of Management and recipient of the 2020 Paul Grist Award.
The following delegates served in a leadership position at CONA 2020:
- Aayush Dave as Presiding Officer
- Tadiwa Mujokoto as Conference Life Committee Member and Proposal Sharing Group Leader
- Alex Searles as Round Table Chair Leader
- Vivienne Garner as Proposal Sharing Group Leader
- Alyssa Mills as Proposal Sharing Group Leader
- Madison Dillon as Committee Chair
- Mikayla Pastrano as Committee Chair
Congratulations to Athvait Manikantan, Alyssa Mills, Mikayla Pastrano, and Chase Patterson. Their proposals made it to General Assembly. Mills, Pastrano, and Patterson’s proposals were passed in their respective assemblies.
Finally, congratulations to Garner and Sam Mills for earning Distinguished Delegate.
Overall, all 22 students did an excellent job representing Texas at CONA 2020. Many of our delegates spoke out in committees, Grand Assembly, and Plenary and delivered excellent and well thought out intent speeches and pro and con points. However, what truly made this group of delegates special was the amount of compassion and kindness they showed to one another and to the delegates from other states and their commitment to the YMCA Core Values. All of our delegates from Texas helped made CONA 2020 a success and congratulations to all of them for their hard work and participation this past week.