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Three local teens head to NSW Youth Parliament

NEW HONOUR: Jay Kapodistrias, year 11 student at Kyogle High School
NEW HONOUR: Jay Kapodistrias, year 11 student at Kyogle High School Mireille Merlet-Shaw

THREE local innovative minds and political young guns to look out for - Jay Kapodistrias, 17, Josie Coles, 17, and Harry Gregg, 16 - have had a taste of parliament life at the 2014 YMCA NSW Youth Parliament, with Jay also achieving the honour of being name Youth Parliamentarian of the Year.

Each teenager was part of a committee which investigated different issues and then presented bills to the parliament.

Kyogle High School student Jay was part of the Communities Committee which investigated methods to facilitate more community sporting involvement in order to combat deteriorating health standards due to technological advances, obesity and greater levels of drug and alcohol abuse.

They presented a bill aimed to overcome poor health in young people by providing free and engaging opportunities for them to be involved in sport.

In another honour, at the Closing Ceremony of the Youth Parliament, Jay was named as the 2014 Youth Parliamentarian of the Year.

"It was probably one of the most amazing experiences I've had - YP has definitely changed my life," Jay said.

"It was an unexplainable experience and I'd recommend it to anyone.

"To advocate for your electorates is the most amazing responsibility and I'm proud to represent my community."

Richmond River High School student, Josie, was part of the Education Committee which investigated the effectiveness of the traditional suspension and expulsion system in NSW Schools and Trinity Catholic College student and Youth Member for Lismore, Harry, was part of the Rural and Regional Affairs Committee who investigated methods to decrease the impact of mining dust pollution on community health levels.

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