St. Joe students elected governor, house clerk
MADISON – St. Joseph Catholic School junior Paige Loyacono was elected governor for the 2023 session of LEAD Mississippi Youth Legislature, which will convene next fall.
Loyacono was one of several St. Joe students elected to office for next year and who received awards at this year’s Youth Legislature earlier this month from Nov. 10-12.
“I was so honored,” Loyacono said. “I owe it all to Mrs. Jenna Murphy and everyone else who helped me with my campaign. I’m really excited to lead next year in Youth Leg.”
Loyacono will serve as governor for two years, the same office St. Joe alumnus Wils Davis served in 2021.
St. Joe sent 36 students to the annual conference, and teachers Jenna Murphy, Elyssa Lambert and Daniel Lott attended as faculty sponsors.
Junior Adriana Terrazas was also elected for next year and will serve as Clerk of the House. Other students who received awards include Collins Coleman (Delegation Award), Madalyn Weisenberger (Most Outstanding Senator), and Aidan McNabb and Braden Ellis (Outstanding Representatives).
Youth Legislature is a three-day conference in downtown Jackson in which high school students from across the state serve in a mock legislature. Students write, propose, debate and vote on legislation, and the event gives them a taste of what it’s like to serve in government.
St. Joe principal Dr. Dena Kinsey said Loyacono’s and Terrazas’ elections and this year’s delegation award winners are good examples of how the school fields a strong delegation to the Youth Legislature every year.
“I am so proud of our delegation,” Kinsey said. “They spent a lot of time preparing for Youth Leg. Then they attended, were extremely successful and made our school proud of their work. This highlights the strong, well-rounded, college prep education we provide.”