During the week of June 10, 2013, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes facilitated elections for and welcomed to her office participants in the annual American Legion Kentucky Boys State and American Legion Auxiliary Kentucky Girls Programs. The programs, in their 73rd and 67th years, respectively, provide high school students practical education about city and state government by allowing participants to be involved in hypothetical political parties, campaigns, elections and appointments. 

Grimes, who is the Commonwealth’s Chief Election Official and chief advocate for civic engagement, coordinated with county clerks and Harp Enterprises to provide voting equipment for use in the programs’ elections. She told the delegates, “One of the most important responsibilities we have a as members of a democratic society is voting,” and she encouraged them to continue pursuing their interest in serving their communities and state.

Winners of the elections visited the state Capitol in Frankfort on June 13 to see firsthand how the offices they won function on a daily basis. Grimes greeted the winners in her office and discussed with them the responsibilities of the Secretary of State’s office. Sophia Whorf, a rising senior from South Oldham High School, was elected secretary of state by her Girls State peers. The secretary of state elected in the Boys State program, Nicholas Prunty, will be in the 12th grade at Butler Traditional High School in Jefferson County this fall.

“Today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders,” said Grimes. “The Boys and Girls State delegates exemplify the dedication to public service that will help move our state forward, and it’s an honor to help foster their commitment to Kentucky.”

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