A compilation of the videos, blog posts and photos produced by the 2018 YMCA Youth Conference on National Affairs media staff.

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July 5, 2018

Blue Ridge Journal Final Daily Video for July 5, 2018

Dear CONA Video: Blue Ridge Journal staff thanks conference

2018 Plenary photo album

2018 Awards and Closing Ceremonies photo album

July 4, 2018

Blue Ridge Journal Daily video for July 4, 2018: Our show is taken over by ALIENS! Get your latest updates on General Assembly, a day of free time on the mountain (and off), as well as another one of our Delegate Spotlights!

2018 General Assembly photo album

CONA democracy undergoes changes By Beth Walker, NM Third Committee voting changes from ranking each proposal on criteria to ranking all proposals in committee based on which should see priority.

CONA celebrates another Independence Day by Offering Gifts to America By Ashley Hatch, CO, and Gloria Ogunlade, TX | Photo by Amelia Blair, AL

America’s Birthday Gift Video: 2018 CONA delegates tell the Blue Ridge Journal what present they’d like to give to their country.

When decorum deteriorates, division follows By Sarah Jones, DE | Photo by  Amulyah Anken

Former delegate serves country this Fourth of July By Ashley Hatch, CO Eddie Fantauzzo, a Colorado delegate to the Youth Conference on National Affairs, instead of attending the conference enlists in the Navy.

‘Merica photo album

Delegate’s story sparks a special bond in Committee X By Erin Gretzinger, WI

July 3, 2018

Blue Ridge Journal Daily video for July 3, 2018: Seersucker Tuesday, Mascot contest, making the food

P.O. Deen Haleem returns for fifth year By Gloria Ogunlade, TX

Carolinas come together to strengthen each other’s conferences By Sarah Jones, DE | Photo by Caroline Bell, NC

Azia Greenman, delegate spotlight

National Y settles YIG vs. YAG debate By Sarah Jones, DE

Blast from the past causes buzz By Sarah Jones, DE James Jandro from Michigan prefers a typewriter to a laptop | PHOTOS by Brittany Wrzesinski, WA

Holiday Hoopla: Annual dance aims to refresh delegates By Gloria Ogunlade, TX

Delaware shirt wins retweet contest By Ashley Hatch, CO

July 2, 2018

Blue Ridge Journal Daily video for July 2, 2018: Conference photo, Wednesday activity signup, delegation T-shirts, 2nd committees, Mariya Todorova delegate spotlight

P.O. Grace Miller shares her CONA experience By Gloria Ogunlade, TX | Photo by Caroline Bell, NC

Let’s meet P.O. Blake Sloane By Ashley Hatch, CO | Photo by Abbie Skladan, NC

Meet Zoe Bloomfield, 2018 Presiding Officer By Sarah Jones, DE

2018 Committees photo album

Excitement builds as Seersucker Tuesday approaches By Gloria Ogunlade, TX

July 1, 2018

Blue Ridge Journal Daily video for July 1, 2018: Arrival, reception, opening session, BEAR!

P.O. Lainey Newman Delivers Important Message to Delegates By Ashley Hatch, CO | Photo by Abbie Skladan, NC

Will Lowry details CONA and P.O. experience By Ashley Hatch, CO | Photo by Abbie Skladan, NC

DELEGATE SPOTLIGHT: Hardships lead to purpose for Jariah Cole of Texas By Gloria Ogunlade, TX

A coin toss for change Story and photo by Erin Gretzinger, WI

Opening Ceremony photo album

2018 Proposal Sharing Groups photo album

Delegates inspired at Sunday worship By Caroline Bell, NC | Photos by Abbie Skladan, NC

Options abound for CONA Wednesday activities By Delilah Rose, WI