Joining Hughes at the state conference were Ticonderoga representatives Joe Gonyeau, Miranda Davis, Will Lawrie, Katie Palandrani, Kevin Densmore, Karney Manning and Chris Burns. Katie Palandrani, a Ticonderoga sophomore, received a CONA alternate nomination for 2012.
Ticonderoga students shined at the conference, according to Danielle Hughes, Ti Youth and Government adviser.
"Every year, Ticonderoga is one of the smallest delegations that travels to Albany, but they are always recognized in some capacity for their passion for the program or outstanding work while there," the adviser said. "And, Ticonderoga's members are dedicated and involved not only in the Youth and Government program but in their school and local communities."
The Youth and Government program at Ticonderoga High School has a long history. Hughes is the second youth governor from Ti High in the last 15 years.
"Many Ticonderoga students have held a variety of positions through the years, many bills on issues of land, education and criminal offenses have been proposed by Ticonderoga students and many lessons of participatory democracy have been shared," said adviser Hughes. "For many of Ticonderoga's Youth and Government members, participation in the yearly Albany conference in the legislative chambers the New York State Capitol Building has been an experience that often ranks as one of the highlights of their high school careers."
While Paige Hughes serves as youth governor, she intends to continue her other activities at Ti High. She is a member of National Honor Society, Key Club, Student Voice, Yearbook, College for Every Student mentoring program, Spanish Club, band, chorus and soccer team. She recently represented Ticonderoga Central School at a round table meeting with New York State Commissioner of Education Dr. David M. Steiner and was the school's representative to the League of Women Voters Students Inside Albany program.