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Ti student elected youth governor

TICONDEROGA-New York State Gov. Paige Hughes...

Well, not exactly, but the Ticonderoga High School junior was elected New York State youth governor during the 2011 Youth and Government conference in Albany earlier this month.

"I cannot begin to explain how much of a honor it is to serve New York State as the 76th youth governor," Hughes said. "I have strived to be elected to this position since my eighth grade year and the time has finally come for me to give back not only to the program itself, but also to the individuals within my local chapter, school and community who have supported me. Serving as youth governor will definitely be a challenge, but I'm willing to do whatever it takes to help the Youth and Government program reach new heights throughout the course of the upcoming year."

Hughes was elected by more than 600 teens attending the conference.

A junior at Ti High, Hughes has been active in Youth and Government since eighth grade. During her four years in Youth and Government, Hughes has served as Conference on National Affairs delegate, Guest Delegate to the Alabama State Youth and Government conference, Governor's cabinet, Press Secretary, Steering Committee member, and bill sponsor.

This year, Hughes and fellow Ti students Will Lawrie and Miranda Davis submitted and defended a bill to increase penalties for first time driving while intoxicated offenders. The measure passed.

Hughes expects her term to be busy.

"As youth governor, I hope to establish unity among the teens of our state," she said. "Although we are surrounded in a society of negativity, we gather in Albany for one weekend to show that we want to make a difference. Sure, each delegate comes from a different area of the state, but it is because of our common enthusiasm that we are able to understand each other and further come together as one large extended family. I strongly believe that our indistinguishable passion for government proves that there really is more to the teens of New York State."

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