By MELINDA WILLIAMS
RADFORD — Seventh District Delegate Nick Rush (R-Christiansburg) was among legislators addressing the American Legion’s 72nd session of Boys State of Virginia being held this week at Radford University.
Rush, one of Pulaski County’s representatives in the Virginia House of Delegates, spoke on the history of the Virginia General Assembly and the legislative process in a speech, entitled “Virginia Government – Origins to Today.”
This was Rush’s second year serving as an instructor for Boys State, which is designed to introduce select high school students (public, private and homeschooled) to state and local government processes. The session is open to outstanding rising seniors across Virginia.
This year, 707 students were selected to attend. Each delegate is assigned to one of 16 Boys State cities named after famous military leaders and to a fictitious Federalist or Nationalist political party. Besides providing participants with an overview of how a bill becomes law, Rush discussed his duties as a member of the state legislature, the challenges he faces in that position and issues facing the state.
Rush’s sons, Cody and Forrest, are past participants in Boys State, having attended in 2006 and 2009 respectively.
No students from Pulaski County attended Boys State this year.
Boys State was first held in Illinois in 1935. The American Legion initiated the program in Virginia in 1939.