The American Legion, Department of Texas, announced that Andrew (Drew) Worthy of Orangefield High School has graduated from American Legion Boys State, Department of Texas, better known simply as 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 split into fictional parties of the Nationalist and Federalists where they drafted party platforms, elected party officials, nominated candidates via primary elections, and contested a general election against the rival party and its candidates. They 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. The delegates ran for many kinds of offices including state, district, county, and city offices. Drew was a member of the Federalist Party, ran and was elected as Schlafli County Judge; Troy Johnson-Orange County, COURT AT LAW NO. 2., may have some competition!
Drew plans to take advantage of his learning experiences gained at Texas Boys State and integrate leadership skills into the local community, specifically his church and school. He will expand his involvement with the Youth Program at St. Helen Catholic Church and lead the class officers as the 2018 Senior Class President at Orangefield High School.