Hello, my name is Tom Ratliff, and I will be serving as media director for the 2014 YMCA Youth Conference on National Affairs. With that said, I would like to welcome everyone to this wonderful mountain that we call home for one week every year. As we enter the 47th conference, let’s all try to make this one as, if not more memorable, than the previous 46. To both the CONA veterans returning to the mountain, and the wonderful new delegates who will be experiencing CONA for the first time: I hope your proposals go as far as you want them to, your memorable friendships last far beyond the reaches of the conference, and I especially hope that your Cheerwine cans may never be empty.
I look forward to meeting as many of you on the steps of Lee Hall as I possibly can. Whether you say  “Youth IN Government,” or “Youth AND Government,” I hope you have a blast this week, and good luck in all of your ventures.