St. Vincent-St. Mary senior-to-be Derek Whiddon has been selected as one of two delegates from the 2013 Buckeye Boys State Program to represent the state of Ohio at the American Legion Boys Nation program in Washington, D.C., in July.
Whiddon, a starting offensive lineman on St. V-M’s football team that won the 2012 Division III state title, was selected from more than 1,200 rising seniors to represent Ohio.
The Boys Nation program will take place July 19-27 at Marymount College in Arlington, Va.
The 98 delegates, two from each state except Hawaii, will participate in the Boys Nation Senate and will engage in legislative activities introducing and debating resolutions and bills.
In addition to learning about the workings of the federal government, Boys Nation delegates meet with President Barack Obama and other top Congressional and administration leaders as well as tour many of the landmarks in the nation’s capital.
Alumni of Boys State-Boys Nation includes former President Bill Clinton, astronaut Neil Armstrong, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, former NBA superstar Michael Jordan, NFL quarterback Robert Griffin III, television anchor Tom Brokaw and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
Whiddon was sponsored by the American Legion Firestone Memorial Post 449 in Akron.
The Buckeye Boys State program took place the week of June 9 at Bowling Green State University, and brought together more than 1,200 future seniors from all parts of Ohio to participate in a weeklong experience learning about the operation of city, county and state government. Students didn’t just learn about government; they actually simulated it, first campaigning for offices and then carrying out the offices to which they were elected or appointed.
Whiddon was originally going to run for common pleas judge, but, after he earned the highest score on the bar exam, he was offered the job of Court Administrator, to be in charge of the operation of the entire judicial branch of government. In that role, he kept the court system running smoothly by helping people work through any problems they had with the law, paperwork, or anything involved with the judicial branch of government.
His performance in the Buckeye Boys State program earned him a Buckeye Boys State Outstanding Citizen Award as well as the selection by the American Legion to represent Ohio at the Boys Nation Program.
Whiddon is the son of Akron residents David and Laurie Whiddon of Ellet. He attended St. Matthew Elementary School in the Ellet neighborhood.
Whiddon is an honor student at St. V-M, and since his sophomore year has been involved in the University of Akron Polymer Science Research Experience. He is president of the National Honor Society, treasurer of Mu Alpha Theta (national mathematics honorary), a Peer Minister and Kairos leader, and a member of Future Medics, Spanish Club and Irish Athletes for Christ.
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