(Stacey Tinsley, Bossier Press-Tribune)
On Tuesday, April 12, Bossier Youth Leadership 2021-22 class students traveled from Bossier Parish and gathered at the state Capitol to meet with their own Bossier elected officials.
Students joined Bossier Parish school board members, police jurors, and city officials as a part of Bossier Day at the Capitol. They also learned what their state representatives and senators do, explored the state Capitol building, sitting in on Senator Barrow Peacock’s committee meeting as well as hearing from state officials, like DOTD Secretary Dr. Shawn Wilson. This trip was sponsored by First Guaranty Bank, Airline Drive branch.
“Visiting the Capitol was a great experience. It is a place I think all Louisiana students should have the opportunity to go to. I’m thankful for a program such as BYL that is able to give us students the opportunity to go to it,” said Catherine Jurkovich, an Airline High school student.
Students were also recognized on the House floor by District 9 state Rep. Dodie Horton.
“There is nothing like seeing government in action! Having the Bossier Youth Leadership students visit the state Capitol alongside our Bossier elected officials and community leaders made their experience even more relevant to their experience of learning about their community,” said Jessica Hemingway, Vice President of the Bossier Chamber of Commerce. “And with the help of our locally elected state officials, the students got a thorough discussion of how the state Legislature works, including a special tour of the Senate by Senator Barrow Peacock.”
For 25-plus years, the Bossier Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Bossier Parish Schools to prepare our high school students to take on leadership roles when they enter the business community through the BYL program.
Select juniors in all of our Bossier Parish high schools take part in this prestigious program, which consists of nine monthly sessions in Leadership, Team Building, Quality of Life, Education, Healthcare & Technology, Law Enforcement, Social Services, Economic Development, and Capitol Day.