Meet your future politicians! Max had the wonderful opportunity to go to Boys State. He had a fantastic time getting hands-on experience in how our government works. Since he is interested in many aspects, I don't think he got much sleep, writing speeches late at night, politicking during the day. He was so proud to let us know that he won his party's nomination for Mayor but lost to the opposing party by one vote.
He was on several committees to decide on party platform, policies and such. There were 1,100 boys, all rising seniors, the best from the state. I was quite impressed to discover that a SC student has won the American Legion scholarship the past 8 out of 10 years. Max applied as well. He was scrambling at the last minute to get signatures and things and it was a good lesson in not procrastinating. Of course, he didn't learn about this until a week prior, so it's another lesson to learn. When I was his age, I didn't even know about this. Neither did my husband. This is precisely why we feel he needs a solid, traditional Catholic liberal arts background. Nothing like learning from the giants of philosophy.
ETA: I just read a wonderful article that I want to remember: Virtue before Leadership.