In honor of the 2018-2019 program kicking off this fall, we’ve featured some of our YG clubs and their exciting accomplishments on our blog. Our final high school club in our profile series: Fort Bend High School Delegation in the Houston District! This club is unique in that it is not attached to one high school, and is made up of primarily home school students! Thanks to Ms. Amy Parkins for sharing her club’s experiences.
As an advisor, what initially drew you to YG? What keeps you motivated to support your students in the program?
I actually participated in YG as a high school student, so I was happy to take on that roll at my Y since I have positive memories from my high school experience. Now that I have been an advisor for some time, I would say that the students are what keep me motivated! I am constantly amazed by the students in my club. Their knowledge, speaking skills, leadership skills, and most importantly their character qualities make it a joy to be part of this program.
Share some of your club’s proudest YG-related accomplishments.
Our club’s most recent accomplishments come from our trial court teams. At the 2017 state conference we had the #1 trial court team as well as the #1 judge. That team went to the National Judicial Competition and placed 7th. At the 2018 state conference we had teams place 3rd in District Court, 2nd in County Court, and also had a judge placed 3rd in District Court. The 3rd place team went on to the National Judicial Competition where they placed 3rd in the nation. It has been exciting to watch our judicial students get rewarded for their hard work!
What topics are your students most interested in?
The students in my club will get excited about any topic they are able to debate. Our judicial group always enjoys when they get a chance to argue a murder trial.
What are some of the club’s goals for the 2018-2019 program year?
We would like to have a candidate from our club this year, and have a trial court team qualify for NJC.
Thanks for sharing, Amy! We’re so proud of your successes and can’t wait to see your accomplishments this year!