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June 21st, 2010
Wimberley student graduates Texas American Legion boys state

061510samWimberley High School’s Sam Lawrence attended Texas American Legion Boys State this year.


Sam Lawrence of Wimberley High School recently graduated from Texas American Legion Boys State, the program that educates young men about government and civics in a “learn by doing” environment. The event took place in Austin at the State Capitol and at the University of Texas (UT) June 5-11.

Boys State is composed of delegates who finished their junior years in high school and are hand picked for inclusion in the program by teachers, counselors and American Legion posts throughout Texas. More than 700 boys assembled for the event this year.

During the week-long event, delegates are split into the fictional parties of Nationalists and Federalists. They are then called upon to draft party platforms, elect party officials, nominate candidates in a primary election, run campaigns and finally have a general election. The delegates run for different offices including  state, district,county, and city offices.

Those elected to Boys State House and Senate were allowed to be seated in the chambers of the Texas Capitol, where they created and debated mock legislation.

The delegates heard more than 50 distinguished speakers, including Railroad Commissioner Michael Williams,  former NFL star Dan Neil, former Vietnam POWs Dave Carey and Ken Wallingford,  former CIA officers Jim Olsen and Will Hurd, and noted national speaker Lewis Timberlake. They also heard speeches from a variety of Texas state office holders and lawmakers.

Texas American Legion Boys State ended earlier this month with a morning parade from the University of Texas campus to the Texas capitol. After the parade, the delegates toured the capitol, visited the offices of their state senators and representatives, and were addressed by State Representative Patrick Rose (D-San Marcos).

Lawrence also sang in the Boys State Choir, which sang on the steps of the capitol and under the routunda. He is the son of Aimee Lawrence of Wimberley and Ken Davis of Woodcreek. Grandparents are Iris and Don Campbell of Wimberley and Chuck and Joann Davis of Rosenberg.

061510boysstatechoirThe Boys State choir performing in the capitol rotunda.

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