Local student graduates from American Legion Boys State, Department of Texas
The American Legion, Department of Texas announced that Tyler Turner of Ridge Point High School has graduated from American Legion Boys State, Department of Texas, better known simply as Texas Boys State. During the week, Turner was elected as the Olympiad Director.
During the week, the delegates were evenly split into fictional parties of the Nationalist and Federalists. Each party drafted party platforms, elected party officials, nominated candidates via primary elections, and contested a general election against the rival party and its candidates. The delegates ran for many kinds of offices including state, district, county, and city offices. The highlight of the week for those elected to the Texas Boys State House of Representative and Senate was when they were seated in the chambers of the Texas Capitol and allowed to craft, debate, and vote on mock legislation.
This year the delegates heard from more than 50 distinguished speakers, ranging from State Senators Eddie Lucio, Jr. and Royce West, to State Representative James White, to former Vietnam P.O.W. Ken Wallingford. Other keynote speakers were former CIA officer James Olson and Brigadier General Joe E. Ramirez, Jr.
Texas Boys State concluded on Friday, June 13, with a morning parade from the University of Texas at Austin campus to the Texas State Capitol. After the parade, the delegates toured the capitol, visited the offices of their state senators and representatives and were addressed by Governor Rick Perry.
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