Presiding & Supporting Officers

KYA Officer Overview

Each KYA is led by a team of Presiding Officers, who are elected by the Assembly or chosen by their program area to serve for a full year leading up to their Assembly. Presiding Officers “preside” over (lead) a specific program area at KYA.

KYA and KUNA Presiding Officers attend Spring PO Retreat (HS Presiding Officers Only) and Fall PO Retreat to train and plan with their Presiding Officer teams:

Spring PO Retreat (HS Only)
May 20-21, 2017
Downtown Louisville YMCA

Fall PO Retreat
August 26-27, 2017
Location TBA

Each program area also has Supporting Officers. These positions are either appointed or application-based. Supporting Officers have a specific role within their program area, with varying levels of responsibility and time commitment.

All Supporting Officers, along with the Presiding Officers who help lead the training, are required to attend one of the SO Trainings held prior to KYA:

KYA SO Training 1
October 15, 2017 | 1:00-5:00pm
Louisville – Crowne Plaza Hotel

Required for all Presiding and Supporting Officer positions except Committee Chairs. Chairs can choose between attending Training 1 or 2.

KYA SO Training 2 (Chairs Only)
October 22, 2017 | 1:00-5:00pm
Frankfort – KY YMCA Office

Alternate date only available to Committee Chairs

To apply for a Supporting Officer position or register for an appointed position, click the link below. Committee Chair appointees will also indicate which training they’ll attend.

KYA Supporting Officer Form
Application Period: Aug. 31 – Sept. 14, 2017


KYA Officer Roles

Program Area Presiding Officers Supporting Officers
Commonwealth Speaker of CW House House Clerk & Senate Clerk
House & Senate Elected from Candidates Appointed by Speaker/President
Officers President of CW Senate Committee Chairs* (Gr. 12/8)
Elected from Candidates Appointed by Schools

Bluegrass Speaker of BG House House Clerk & Senate Clerk
House & Senate Elected from Candidates Appointed by Speaker/President
HS Officers†
President of BG Senate
Elected from Candidates

Exec. Cabinet Governor Gov. Chief of Staff
& Lobbyists Elected from Candidates Appointed by Governor
HS Officers
Lt. Governor Lt. Gov. Chief of Staff
MS KYA only Elected from Candidates Appointed by Lt. Governor
has Governor
& Chief of Staff Sec. of the Exec. Cabinet Cabinet Secretaries (5)
Chosen by Program Area Apply | Must meet CW Eligibility
Secretary of State
Elected from Candidates

Judicial Chief Justice Justices (6)
HS Officers Chosen by Program Area Apply | Exp. Delegates
Attorney General
Chosen by Program Area

Media Corps Editor-in-Chief Assistant Editor (2)
HS Officers Chosen by Program Area Apply | Exp. Delegates


*Speaker Pro Tempore and Senate President Pro Tempore are selected from Committee Chairs at KYA based upon their performance.

†There are no Presiding Officers for the Middle School KYA Bluegrass House and Senate. Committee Chairs are selected to preside over Bluegrass on Day 2 based on performance.