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By KELLY RICHARDSON
RADCLIFF — North Hardin High School will keep a student in a top spot in the state for another year.
D’Ante’ Tinson, a junior at North Hardin High School, was elected governor of the Kentucky Youth Assembly, a mock state government convention sponsored by the Y-Club, a YMCA service organization. He will serve as governor at next year’s conference.
Tinson follows senior Grafton Sizemore’s year-long stint as governor. Sizemore also attends North. The Sizemore and Tinson elections are the first back-to-back elections of students from the same school in about 60 years, said Dick Thornton, public relations director for Hardin County Schools.
Tinson became involved in Y-Club in middle school, and his love of the organization strengthened over the years.
“I started to develop more of a passion for it,” Tinson said.
Watching Sizemore earn the governor post last year it inspired Tinson.
“He showed me I have a chance to run,” he said.
Students run for the executive committee, which includes governor, president of the Senate and speaker of the House, among others. The person who gets the most votes is elected governor.
Tinson said his campaign didn’t always go smoothly. He had a nerve-wracking first speech at the conference, and he had printed out hundreds of business cards prior to the conference before realizing he had misspelled “committee” on them.
His fellow Y-Club member, senior Callie Thomas, who helped him with his campaign, said she had to work to keep Tinson calm.
“I had to put in a little positive reinforcement,” Thomas said.
Sizemore said North Hardin is making a mark in Y-Club, with Tinson being the third member to be recently elected to a high-ranking position, after himself and Greg Shepherd, who was elected as secretary-general at the Kentucky United Nations Assembly, another Y-Club conference.
“North Hardin’s just making history,” he said.
Tinson found it hard to describe his feelings after hearing his name when they announced the new governor, and with Sizemore being the one to pass the gavel to him.
“I guess I was shocked … happy. It was a bunch of different emotions,” Tinson said.
Along with Tinson’s recognition at the conference, several other North Hardin students were named to positions. Senior Hunter Harp was named Outstanding Congressional Delegate, and seniors Marcellus Hobbs and Catie Baker were named Outstanding Speakers
Kelly Richardson can be reached at (270) 505-1747.