LUKE WHEATLEY, AIDAN TURNBOW AND BRIAN JOBE GRADUATE FROM TEXAS BOYS STATE
Three of 1,000+ future leaders that assembled for the prestigious program
Spent a week at University of Texas learning about government
AUSTIN, Tex. – The American Legion, Department of Texas, announced that Joseph “Luke” Wheatley, Aidan Turnbow, and Brian Jobe, seniors of Lovejoy High School, have graduated from the American Legion Texas Boys State.
Begun in 1935, Boys State is a unique program that educates future leaders about government, civics, and patriotism in a “learn by doing” environment. Each delegate has just finished his junior year of high school and was hand-picked by teachers, counselors, and local American Legion posts throughout Texas to attend this one week seminar.
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. Those elected to the House of Representatives and Senate spent the week drafting, debating, and passing bills on a wide range of social and economic issues.
Brian Jobe was a member of the colorguard representing his city, and Aidan Turnbow ran for Sherriff of his county. Luke Wheatley was elected Speaker of the House, and as such presided over the House of Representatives. Luke was also named 1st Alternate for Boys Nation in Washington, D.C. Aidan, Luke and Brian state that the experience was a once in a lifetime opportunity, and are grateful for the knowledge that they gained into the running of state and local government.
This year the delegates heard from dozens of distinguished guest speakers, including U.S. Senator John Cornyn, Texas Railroad Commissioner Christi Craddick, several members of the Texas House of Representatives and Texas Senate, and two retired generals speaking on topics of leadership and public service.
On Wednesday, June 12, Texas Boys State enjoyed a parade from the University of Texas at Austin campus to the Texas State Capitol, where they toured the building and dropped in on their hometown representatives’ offices.
For more information on Boys State, visit www.TexasBoysState.com.