What or who made you decide to run for chief justice?
Kenya Harris: I personally just wanted to become a judge, so I could see a different side to the Youth Judicial conference. My teacher, Craig Thompson (Spain Park High School), was the one who pushed me to go the extra mile and try something out of my comfort zone. He knows I adapt well to new environments, and I believe that’s why he approached me.
Talya Whyte: I decided to run for chief justice this year because I love being a leader and I love helping people. My adviser, Stephanie Hill, convinced me that I would be perfect for this position. She cares a lot about Alabama Youth in Government and is extremely knowledgeable about it, so I took her advice.
If you are elected, what will you work to change or improve about the Youth Judicial program and why?
Talya Whyte: If elected as chief justice, I would work to make sure the growing delegation still feels connected as a family, and that all of the activities through ALYIG are run as smoothly as possible. I would also make sure that everyone, especially new people felt included in our ALYIG community.
Kenya Harris: If I become chief justice, I want to try to improve the connections my peers make over the course of the program, and I think a pin exchange is just one great way to get to know each other! In order to make the trial schedules more interesting, I think a challenge order would be a good suggestion. What we would do is rank the teams from the previous year, and the higher rankings get first dibs on who they challenge, this could also help a team’s strength in their schedule as well.