Three locals hold office at Boys State

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Blair, Boxrucker advance to Boys Nation

By Kelly Cantrall

Local students found success at a mock government conference, and two advance to the national level in Washington, D.C.

Three local students held offices at the recent American Legion Auxiliary Kentucky Boys State Program in Greenville.

Boys State provides a mock state government experience, with rising seniors running for offices such as governor, then debating and passing bills proposed by their peers. Officers also have a chance to meet their state counterparts.

Rashaan Allen, a student at Fort Knox High School, served as governor for the conference in June. Chaffin Blair, a student at North Hardin High School, served as president of the Senate. Troy Boxrucker, a student at Fort Knox High, served as attorney general. Blair and Boxrucker are attending Boys Nation this month.

Boys Nation is July 20-27. The program provides students from across the country an opportunity to participate in a mock federal government experience as well as see D.C. sights.

Students attending Boys Nation are nominated by their peers and counselors at the conference. Nominees take part in an interview and two are chosen.

They also debate and pass bills, tour attractions such as war monuments and the White House, and meet Kentucky congressmen, Blair said. There’s also a possibility of meeting President Barack Obama.

Blair said he was surprised he was selected.

“But I’m glad that they chose me. I’m really looking forward to the experience,” he said.

Boxrucker said he was “ecstatic” about the opportunity. He decided to attend Boys State to gain leadership skills. He had finished a law class and thought attorney general would be a good fit for him.

The conference taught him about the offices and what they do, and he said he would recommend the program to other students.

“It was just a lot of fun in general,” he said.

Allen knew the top position would require someone who could listen to other opinions and be a good leader, and he thought he was up to the challenge. He was excited when students elected him to lead for the remainder of the week.

“I felt like that was a great accomplishment on my part,” he said.

He learned a lot from the trip to Frankfort and also encourages students to attend.

“I would say it’s an experience of a lifetime,” he said.

Kelly Cantrall can be reached at (270) 505-1747 or kcantrall@thenewsenterprise.com.