Hurricane student to represent West Virginia at Boys Nation

July 13, 2018 GMT

HURRICANE — An incoming senior at Hurricane High School is getting a very early start on his political career.

Adam Cook has been selected as a senator for American Legion Boys Nation in the Washington, D.C. area, July 20-27.

Boys Nation is an annual American Legion program that includes civic training, leadership development and a focus on Americanism, according to a news release.

Cook was the Governor’s Chief of Staff at West Virginia Boys State, which had roughly 400 participants. Additionally, he was a member of Board of Public Works and Party Chairman. Cook will be joined by Jonathan Gharib of Capital High School in representing West Virginia at Boys Nation.

At Hurricane, Cook is founder and current vice chairman of the school’s TARS Club. He has participated in varsity golf, varsity tennis and the DECA Club, and is former field staff at Don Blankenship for U.S. Senate. His accolades include the Golden Horseshoe, Young Writers Award, Outstanding Leadership Award from Camp Lincoln, three DECA CDC awards and winning the Shelton Leadership Challenge. A resident of Hurricane, Cook is considering many top-notch finance programs throughout the country.

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During their eight days at Boys Nation, Cook and 97 other “senators” (two from each state with the exception of Hawaii) will learn from a hands-on approach how the U.S. Senate and the federal government function. Young men are divided into two political parties, the Federalists and the Nationalists, each of which conducts a party convention,

sets a platform and nominates members for elected offices, including Boys Nation president, vice president and party leaders. Each senator will also write, introduce and debate a bill of his choosing before an appropriate Senate committee, and if successful at that level the legislation will be voted on by the whole Senate. Bills passing the Senate are later signed or vetoed by the Boys Nation president.

The young men will also have an opportunity to tour the National Mall, including the Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Wall and Korean War Memorial. They will also present a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery, see the Iwo Jima Memorial and visit Capitol Hill for meetings with their state’s U.S. senators. They may have the opportunity to visit the Pentagon and the White House as well. In addition, delegates will attend a dinner at a nearby Legion post hosted by National Commander Denise Rohan of Wisconsin.

This year’s crop of Boys Nation senators represent the finest of nearly 20,000 incoming seniors who attended the 49 annual Boys State programs.

Famous Boys Nation alumni include former President Bill Clinton, actor Donal Logue, Govs. Chris Christie and Scott Walker, and Sens. Mike Lee and Tom Cotton. Notable Boys State alumni include Tom Brokaw, Michael Jordan, Rush Limbaugh, Jon Bon Jovi, Garth Brooks, Neil Armstrong, Roger Ebert and Justice Samuel Alito.