TWO Kingsway Christian College students took part in this year’s Youth Parliament.
Nevena Pavlovic (16) and Micaela Christine Beebe (16) were among almost 60 young West Australians who replaced State politicians in Parliament House earlier this month.
Nevena said she applied because she wanted to become a lawyer or parliamentarian.
“I am passionate about politics and law and thought Youth Parliament would be an excellent opportunity to experience the law making process of our parliaments,” she said.
“Peer pressure seems to be a big issue for young people as they’re always trying to be ‘cool’ and ‘fit in’.
“Teens can easily be pressured into doing something they will regret, in order to fit in and live up to ‘society’s standards’.
“I believe that bullying is a major issue in not only our schools, but our communities and workplaces.
“Bullying is definitely unacceptable and I’m sure many can agree that it cannot be tolerated.”
The Year 11 student is also a ballroom dancer and recently started dancing competitively.
She has been training at Humphrey’s Dance Studio for the past five years.
Micaela said she wanted to gain experience in politics and said she felt the biggest issue facing youths was a lack of support.
“For example, when a teen is faced with a problem they usually must overcome it alone, as they can feel too afraid to ask for help,” she said.
“Also, youth unemployment is a huge problem that all youths face today.”
Passionate about youth interests, Micaela’s other achievements included starting a debating club at her school and undertaking the Duke of Edinburgh International Award.
Opening the YMCA Youth Parliament on July 4, Youth Minister Tony Simpson said the program provided young people with opportunities to develop their personal skills and learn more about the political process in WA.