Ryan Kornegay, along with 508 boys has just returned from Boy’s State held in Tallahassee, Florida from July 3-9. Ryan, sponsored by the Greenville Post #131, received several certificates and honors and a prestigious award, “The Spirit of Boy’s State.”. He lived in Marine Corp County in the city of Jordan Coast and was elected Supervisor of Elections for the county and state House of Representatives. Passing the Parliamentary Procedure Test qualified him for other pursuits during the week.
When asked why he would recommend the experience of Boy’s State to others, he explained that even though our country is not perfect, our government was founded on the “voice of the people.” which gives “The People the power to make this Country the best that it could possibly be.” He explained that the language was broken down in this week’s study so that he learned what government officials and programs were really saying. He went on to describe the founding fathers and the principles of “For God and Country.” Besides having a great time, Ryan said he was also very thankful for his recent economic, government, and history teachers, Mr. Elias Paulk, Mrs. Lea Kalinowski, and Mr. Jim Waller who all really taught him the value and greatness of being an American and how our government works.
When asked to sum his experiences up in a quote, he was reminded of something a good friend of his told him: “We were born with too much Potential to not be Instrumental in the Developmental process of the world we were born into.”
Ryan is the son of Cedric and Chiquita Kornegay of Greenville and will be a senior at Madison County High School beginning next month. Ryan also was the recipient of the Hugh O’Brien Award (HOBY) last year. He plans to attend Florida State University, majoring in pre-med with a minor in elementary education.