Kaden Shepherd, 17, son of David and Sara Shepherd.

Kaden is a senior at Newcomerstown High School. He is a member of the Honor Society, a three-year Scholar Award winner, Varsity Golf letterman, member of the basketball team, LEO Club, Speaker of the House - junior year and a member of the Academic Quiz Bowl team.

Thoughts on Buckeye Boys State:

"I was so happy to have been given the opportunity to attend Buckeye Boys State. I love debate and politics, so BBS was a great opportunity to learn more and put it into action.

"I made several new friends there and I am still in contact with them regularly. It was great to be involved with such a large group with similar interests. Seeing how the government works in action was very interesting to me. At BBS, I was appointed as Director of Taxation Department.

"My experiences there really solidified my choice to attend law school in the future and possibly go into corporate law.

"Thank you American Legion for the opportunity to go to BBS! It is an experience I will never forget!"