By Delilah Rose
Each year, the YMCA program hosts a US level of Youth In Government for all state
Delegations to come together. This year, three delegates from Door County were represented in
Delilah Rose, Grace Alberts, and Madeline Blahnik were all elected for a bid to the 2018
Conference On National Affairs during last years Model Government in Madison. CONA was
hosted in North Carolina from June 30th to July 5th.
Madeline Blahnik, incoming Junior at Sturgeon Bay, was in the Legislative Branch. Her proposal
was on providing a 2.5% general tax break for people raising a substantial amount of bees. This
only would affect small beekeepers, not commercial owners. Lastly, 5% of the bees go to Colony
Collapse Disorder research.
Grace Alberts, incoming Junior at Sturgeon Bay, was also in the Legislative Branch. Grace’s
proposal was on mandating schools to teach the federal laws of sexual assault and harassment.
They would be able to apply to any curriculum; it would be as simple as teaching the civil rights
act or the constitution.
Delilah Rose, incoming Junior at Southern Door, was in the Media. She worked on a series of
stories, in all different forms of media. While in CONA, Delilah ran and was elected for the
Social Media Manager position. Along with running all social media accounts, she also wrote a
number of stories. One of her pieces was on a delegate from her own delegation, Wisconsin.
Throughout the week, Delilah profiled this individual to create a story through videography.
The week of CONA was said to be stressful, nerve-racking, exciting, and enlightening. All three
of the Door County, delegates expressed that they would love to go back and that it was an
overall great experience.