Originally published in The Weekly Packet, July 17, 2014
Blue Hill student heads to American Legion Boys Nation
Jordon William Soper of Blue Hill, a senior at George Stevens Academy, is one of 98 high school student representatives throughout the U.S. chosen to attend The American Legion Boys Nation. He is one of two delegates selected from the state based on leadership skills, academic record and activity at American Legion Boys State. The week-long program introduces participants to the structure and function of the federal government while combining lectures and forums with visits to federal agencies, institutions, memorials and historical spots in and around Washington, D.C.
The event will be held July 18-25 at Marymount University in Arlington, Va. Each American Legion Boys Nation delegate represents his home state as a “Senator.” The senators caucus at the beginning of the session and organize into committees and conduct hearings on bills, allowing delegates to learn the proper methods and regulations followed by the U.S. Senate. In addition, federal legislators, representatives of national distinction, traditionally including the President of the United States, participate in the activities. Former graduates of the program include former U.S. President Bill Clinton and U.S. Senator Max Baucus, MT.
Soper was a delegate to Maine Boys State where he was the House of Representatives Town Committeeman. At GSA, he is a Student Council International Student Ambassador. He participates in downhill skiing, cycling, track, varsity sailing, theater/acting, photography, community service/volunteering, Model United Nations, and has been a camp counselor for Nichols Day Camp. His special honors include High Honor Roll, Maine Drama Festival: All Festival Cast Award, cast member in district winning one act play, Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award, and President’s Award for Educational Excellence.