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03-01-2013 (SPHS) – There’s a new governor in Alabama – Youth Governor, technically speaking. Spain Park High School’s Noah Crawford has been elected “Alabama’s Youth Governor” for the 2013-14 term; the first Birmingham-area student to serve in this capacity since 1954, according to SPHS teacher and Law Academy director Libby Day.

Crawford was elected “Youth Governor” in late-February at the Alabama Youth Legislature in Montgomery. Day and Law Academy co-director Mr. Craig Thompson led the SPHS Law Academy to the conference – a group which enjoyed successes alongside Crawford’s appointment:

  • Emily Allen was elected Senate Floor Leader
  • Selected as Alabama’s delegates to the Conference on National Affairs: Noah Crawford, Jacob Kimes, Allison Hanby, Read Mills and Olivia Stevens.
  • Senior Read Mills’s bill “An Act to Protect Alabama's Students and Teachers,” which allows teachers to carry pepper spray in schools, one of only seven bills signed into law. (200+ submitted)
  • Three Spain Park freshmen honored as outstanding participants: Takira Franklin, Bailey Whetter and James Waller. In the First Year Chamber, Claire Jones’s bill “40 Million to Save” was selected as the Most Outstanding Bill. It targeted animal cruelty.

Additionally, Day says several students served on the Governor’s Cabinet and other high level positions in the Youth Legislature including Read Mills (Legal Advisor to the Youth Governor); Noah Crawford (Attorney General); Jasmine Bolden (Supreme Court Justice); Rachel McClesky (Supreme Court Justice); Taylor Wood (Commissioner, Department of Corrections); Jordan McDonald (House of Representatives Chaplain and Commissioner, Department of Human Resources); Emily Allen (Commissioner, Department of Revenue); and Lorrainea Jordan (Senate Sergeant at Arms).

 -Jason Gaston/HCS Public Relations

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