By Tommy Dannenfelser, VA, and Erin Henry, NY

 Holding a presiding officer position at the YMCA Conference of National Affairs is a huge honor. Andie Flanigan attended CONA twice before being chosen to serve as a presiding officer for the 50th conference. Along with several years of Youth and Government experience, she brings enthusiasm and joy to Black Mountain!

Flanigan began Youth and Government as a sophomore in high school. She originally attended meetings to support a family member, and those experiences inspired her to enter the world of Youth and Government. She attended her first state conference in her home state of Louisiana that year and received the Monice Oliphant Award for her representation of the first Y core values: respect. The following year, she was elected the lieutenant governor and won the premium delegate award.

Presently, Flanigan is a computer science major at Louisiana State University (Geaux Tigers!). She plans to use the skills she acquires in college to study election data, specifically polling and campaign statistics.

She attributes her current success to her experience in Youth and Government. Her passion for the conference is an inspiration to all the delegates.