Salome Gongadze, a junior at H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program, has been elected Youth Governor for the 2016 Virginia YMCA Model General Assembly.
Her election took place during the 2015 Virginia Model General Assembly (MGA) held in Richmond in mid-April.
In her role, Gongadze will represent Virginia at the National Youth Governors Conference in Washington. She will meet with Gov. McAuliffe as well as members of the General Assembly in January 2016, and will address the Opening Joint Session of the 69th Model General Assembly in April 2016 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, adjacent to Capitol Square. During the Model General Assembly session, she will decide which 2016 student bills will be signed into MGA laws.
YMCA-Arlington sponsors Model General Assembly programs at Arlington Career Center, H-B Woodlawn and Wakefield and Yorktown high schools through funding provided by the Boeing Company, the Knights of Columbus and the Columbus Club.
This year 525, students from across Virginia participated in the three-day session April 16-18 at the State Capitol. Students served as senators, delegates, officers, lobbyists, reporters and underclassmen legislators. General Assembly members, state agency personnel, and lobbyists assisted them as they learned about Virginia’s legislative process.