Campbellsville High School seniors Austin Fitzgerald and Bryce Richardson attended Boys State this summer and say the experience was amazing.
Kentucky Boys State is the premiere leadership and civics camp for young men who will become the leaders of tomorrow.
Fitzgerald and Richardson attended the program at Campbellsville University on June 4-9.
The two were honored at a graduation ceremony on the last day of the program, and Richardson was named a distinguished graduate.
Richardson was also voted to serve as governor for the program, with a coin toss deciding the election.
At the graduation ceremony, Fitzgerald was asked to sing the National Anthem.
Boys State is among the most respected educational programs of government instruction for high school students, and is considered a highly regarded leadership training program.
Fitzgerald said he was a part of the reporting crew while at Boys State.
“ … I got to interview many amazing people, including Supreme Court Justice Bill Cunningham.”
Throughout his Boys State experience, Fitzgerald said he was able to learn the behind the scenes process to passing legislation and publishing news stories.
“Attending Boys State gave me more discipline,” he said. “It also made me a lot more responsible, because you have your part to do and no one can do it for you.”
Richardson said Boys State is a one-week journey that throws participants into a whirlwind of brotherly bonding, increased responsibility and an all-around better understanding of our country.
“The basis of knowledge gained from Boys State is that of the political process, similar to Kentucky Youth Assembly, and a wide variety of careers through guest speakers.”
Richardson said Boys State taught him the importance of networking and building bonds quickly.
“I grew as a person, quickly learning to respect others’ values while upholding my own.”
The American Legion has operated the Boys State program since 1935, and the program was established in Kentucky in 1940.
At Boys State, participants are exposed to the rights, privileges, duties and responsibilities of a franchised citizen.
Activities include legislative sessions, court proceedings, law enforcement presentations, training in various topics, assemblies, journalism and recreational programs.
American Legion posts select high school juniors who apply to attend the program the summer before their senior year.
CHS seniors Bryce Richardson, at left, and Austin Fitzgerald participated in the Boys State program this summer. Richardson was chosen as a distinguished graduate and served as governor during the program. Fitzgerald sang the National Anthem during the graduation ceremony.
CHS senior Austin Fitzgerald sings the National Anthem at the Boys State graduation ceremony.
CHS senior Bryce Richardson, front, second from left, is honored at the Boys State graduation ceremony.
CHS senior Austin Fitzgerald is honored at the Boys State graduation ceremony.
CHS senior Bryce Richardson, second from left, is honored at the Boys State graduation ceremony.
CHS senior Bryce Richardson is sworn in as governor.
CHS senior Bryce Richardson, at right, listens as a Boys State participant gives a candidate speech.
CHS senior Bryce Richardson runs his governor campaign.
CHS senior Bryce Richardson, second from left, celebrates the election with Boys State participants.