Braves at Boys State
Samuel Simmons and Nicholas Buchanan, two Community High School rising seniors, are having a Brave Summer. The two recently represented our area at the American Legion Boys State in Austin, Texas. The American Legion Boys State is among the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction for high school students. While participating in this week long program, each student becomes a part of the operation of his local, county, and state government.
From June 9 -14, 2019, Sam and Nick joined over 1,000 other students selected from high schools across the state on the campus of the University of Texas - Austin for a week designed to develop civic leadership and keen interest in government. The statesmen form committees, choose local and state delegates, campaign for office and elect officials. Both Sam and Nick reported that they learned what a difference they can make in their own country, and how to educate American citizens on the influence they have in government. “I am bringing home some valuable leadership skills,” said Nick.
After a competitive application and interview process, Sam and Nick were both selected and received scholarships to attend Boys State from the American Legion Post 315. Sam said that the experience was both an honor and a great learning experience. “I have grown in my understanding of government at local and state levels in ways previously limited to an academic perspective,” said Samuel.
“This was such a great opportunity to network,” said Nick. “I met a lot of interesting people and formed some important connections for the future.”
Networking was also a great outcome from Boys State for Sam. “I'm already finding new connections through the American Legion, opening up new conversations and opportunities,” he said. “I also learned how to be a better citizen, and use my voice to implement change and hold elected officials accountable,” Sam added.
At the conclusion of Boys State, each of the two constituencies votes to elect several key leadership positions and Samuel was elected as one of the 4 district judges for Texas. Sam also ended the week ranked in the top 10 percent and was invited to return to Boys State next year as a counselor.
Having completed an intense week full of training, discussions and debates with peers, mentors and state elected officials, both boys said they enjoyed the experience and were proud to represent Community High School in Austin.
And, we are proud of Nick and Sam! We can’t wait to see what the future holds for these two outstanding Braves!