May 3, 2019
Wakulla High School juniors Jack Parker and Savannah Brown have been chosen to represent Wakulla County at Boys State and Girls State, respectively.
Mason McCord is first alternate for Boys State and Gracie Bruce is first alternate for Girls State.
Additional alternates for Boys State include WHS juniors Daniel Wiedeman, Jacob Rardin, and Wilson Bruce.
The American Legion and Auxiliary sponsor Boys State and Girls State, which are educational programs of government instruction for U.S. high school students. They are participatory programs in which students become part of the operation of local, county, and state government.
Florida’s Boys State will be held June 16-22. Girls State will be June 6-14. Both are at Florida State University.
Students will run for offices in a fictional city, county and state where they choose their own officials in accordance with election procedures.
Instruction will also be presented on the law and court system, parliamentary procedure, and Florida political history.
Participants learn the rights, privileges and responsibilities of being U.S. citizens. In addition, there are some college scholarships awarded at the end of each session.
Students were chosen to represent their districts after filling out lengthy applications and interviewing face to face with regional American Legions and Auxiliaries. They were selected by the Jake Pigott Memorial American Legion Post and Auxiliary 114 in Wakulla County.
Wakulla’s Boys State representative Jack Parker maintains a perfect 4.0 unweighted grade point average as a dual enrollment student with WHS and Tallahassee Community College.
He works as the computer aided manufacturing specialist for the WHS Engineering Academy and has extensive experience in 3D modeling, drafting, 3D printing, and laser engraving with a 40-watt gas-state CO2 laser.
In addition, Parker is a founding member of the WHS Environmental Club, a drone pilot for the Alligator Point and St. Teresa Volunteer Fire Department, and an assistant for the WHS 4H STEM Club.
Savannah Brown was selected due to her extensive participation in WHS organizations such as Junior Class officer, National Honor Society, Student Government, Odyssey of the Mind, and AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination), all while maintaining a 3.41 unweighted GPA.
Brown also earned the WHS War Eagle Award for Softball, plus stays busy outside of school by coaching softball, baseball, and football at Medart Rec Park, in addition to officiating at volleyball tournaments.
She is also a dual enrollment student at TCC, has won the highest GPA awards for science and math, and is a member of the WHS Thespian Society.
Wakulla’s Boys State alternate Mason McCloud also has an extensive resume, including a 4.0 unweighted GPA in advanced and college dual enrollment classes. He started a network of Honors students who volunteer to do odd jobs in the community.
McCloud is also captain of the WHS Cross Country Team and volunteers coaching WHS Special Olympics teams.
Girls State alternate Gracie Bruce is a member of the National Honor Society and maintains a 3.93 unweighted GPA in Honors, Advanced Placement, and college dual enrollment classes.
Bruce also coaches soccer at Medart Rec Park, referees and umpires soccer and baseball games there, plus is a member of the WHS Cross Country, Soccer, and Flag Football teams.
“This is a great way for these outstanding students to find out how to make a difference through involvement in our local and state political system. These students have made positive contributions to their school and community already and will continue to do so as adults,” says Superintendent Bobby Pearce.