Three juniors are chosen to attend conferences
After finishing their Junior year, upcoming seniors Graham Farrell, Matthew Horne, and Sadie Mae Mace will be attending the Boys and Girls State conferences. Elected by teachers, then successfully completing the interview process, these three Juniors were chosen to represent Paso Robles High School for their accomplishments and good reputations as students.
On June 18 through June 25 Farrell and Horne will be keeping residence at Sacramento State University for Boys State where they will learn how the government system works by directly applying it throughout the camp. Through the duration of the camp they can run for office, develop public speaking skills, and pass and enforce laws.
“I’m looking forward to meeting a lot of cool guys and being a part of a city and running it … [and] to be given the opportunity to learn more about the government system,” Farrell said.
Farrell is a boy scout of six years and is working towards getting his Eagle Scout title. In Boy Scouts Farrell holds the position of Assistant Senior Patrol Leader which means that he helps the Senior Patrol Leader plan meetings and events, contacting participants and staff, and also promoting things like Nation Youth Leadership Training.
As the Vice President of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes club on campus and a two sport athlete, Horne hopes to develop his leadership skills and break out of his comfort zone at Boys State this summer.
“Going to Paso High and doing sports you get in this rhythm, in this track, that you stay in, so I’m looking forward to breaking that track and expanding areas of myself that I’ve never really gone into. I’m excited to become a more all-around balanced person and learn new life styles and new mindsets,” Horne said.
Two days after Farrell and Horne conclude their week at Boys camp, Mace will begin her week at Girls State at Claremont Mckenna College from June 27 to July 1. Mace hopes that while she is at the camp she makes her mark in the conference government by creating a bill and passing it through the house.
“I’m really looking forward to learning how the government works and meeting 500 other high school girls who are interested in making a change in government and sharing different ideas. I would like to make a bill to try and pass through the house dealing with animal rights… and see how I can use that to start making a change,” Mace said.
Mace is the Website Managing Editor and News Editor for Crimson Newsmagazine and she has been a member of the Mock Trial team and the Vet Science team. Mace aspires to be a veterinarian, currently working at the Mission Animal Hospital and volunteering at Woods Humane Society, and has a strong love for animals. The bill she hopes to pass this upcoming summer would make puppy mills illegal and therefore create a healthier atmosphere for bred dogs.