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Four current HEB ISD senior students attended Texas Boys/Girls State during the summer: Jack Garcia and Lindsay Ross of L.D. Bell High School and Aaron Norgaard and Chloe Crane of Trinity High School.
These unique programs educate future leaders about government, civics, and patriotism in a "learn by doing" environment. Each delegate was hand-picked by teachers, counselors, and local American Legion posts throughout Texas to attend this one week seminar.
During the week, the delegates were evenly split into fictional parties of the Nationalist and Federalists. Each party drafted party platforms, elected party officials, nominated candidates via primary elections, and contested a general election against the rival party and its candidates. The delegates ran for many kinds of offices including state, district, county, and city offices. Those elected to the House of Representatives and Senate spent the week drafting, debating, and passing bills on a wide range of social and economic issues.
This year the delegates heard from dozens of distinguished guest speakers, ranging from Lt. Governor Dan Patrick and Texas Railroad Commissioner Christi Craddick, to three retired generals speaking on topics of leadership and public service.