The Boys Are Back in Town: Walls, Smith selected for Boys State

Boys State

The Boys Are Back in Town: Walls, Smith selected for Boys State
Tony DiServio, Class of 2018

Benedictine was honored to have two of it owns named to American Legion Boys State. These two Cadets consist of: Blake Smith and Ben Walls. Both of these young men have demonstrated extravagant skills in the classroom throughout their years at Benedictine. Both teachers and students are proud of these two individuals.

Walls is truly honored to be selected. "I'm glad to have an opportunity to learn about the state legislature," said Walls. "Plus, it's a good chance to meet other kids from around the state."
The American Legion Boys State is a session that is held once a year. It takes place at Radford University every year. This corporation selects the most respected and educated individuals from each region. Last year, Gabriel Romito was selected. "Gabriel is a great individual," Josiah Worley said. "He deserved to be selected last year and I'm glad he got a chance to feel great. Best of luck to Cadets this year."


The American Legion Boys looks towards Benedictine year after year because of its historic alumni. Whether its famous athletes, CEO's of large corporations or honored alumni of the past. Almost every Cadet who attended this outstanding function adores it. Romito said, "It gave me a great opportunity to experience what it is like to work in the political world."

Walls and Smith are next up to the plate. Many people believe they will succeed at this excellent function and strive for greatness. "Both of these individuals are very favored through Benedictine," sophomore Richie Smith said. "I believe they will strive for greatness at this wonderful event."

Walls is truly honored to be selected. "I'm glad to have an opportunity to learn about the state legislature," said Walls. "Plus, it's a good chance to meet other kids from around the state."

Congratulations to these Cadets: best of luck to them as they pursue their dreams and experience reality.

College Success

 

Model Judiciary and General Assembly

Model Judiciary

The Model Judiciary group affords Benedictine students the opportunity to experience life as a trial attorney. The group meets once a week (usually on Mondays) from January through March with a pair of local attorneys. Members assume roles such as lead prosecutor, assistant prosecutor and witness.

The culmination comes when the team stands off against a group from another school. They try their case in front of an actual judge. This year, the Benedictine squad won its case against Prince George at the appellate level.

Members of the group learn how the legal system works, learn how to cite case law and garner a richer ability to think in an integrative fashion while applying sound logic.

Faculty Point of Contact: Mrs. Robinson

Model General Assembly

Model General Assembly is a club where students act as state legislators, spending the majority of the year working on a proposed law of their choice that they will present at the MGA Conference in April.

It offers students the opportunity to get hands-on experience of the legislative process, sharpens debate skills, and allows them the chance to interact with other MGA students throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.

This year, there were four cadets involved in MGA: Tristan Howard (appointed to go to the National General Assembly last year), Garrett Toler, Justin Faherty, and Alex Williams. They worked hard preparing two bills:

One asking for an alcohol tax whose revenue would benefit those involved in alcohol-related violence, and another asking for a mandatory drug test for individuals on welfare who are convicted in drug-related crimes

Group Point of Contact:  Mr. Walker