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 19-20, 2018
Downtown Louisville YMCA

Fall PO Retreat
August 25-26, 2018
YMCA Camp Piomingo

Each program area also has Supporting Officers, who have a specific leadership role within their area, and begin serving once selected in the fall prior to their Assembly.

These positions are either application-based or appointed (see the chart at the bottom of this page for which positions require applications or appointments):

  • Application-Based – Must apply, then register for SO Training if selected
  • Appointed – Only need to register for SO Training when it opens

To apply for an application-based Supporting Officer position, click the link below. This application is only open for a set period of time:

KYA SO Application
Application Period: Aug. 28 – Sept. 14, 2017
Selections Announced: September 21, 2017

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

Once you have been selected via application or appointed as a Supporting Officer, you must register for SO Training by clicking on the link below:

KYA SO Training Registration
Opens September 21, 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 Delegations

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

Supreme Court 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(s)
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.