|Boys State a family affair for brothers|
|Written by JORDAN CRAVENS Sentinel Staff Writer|
|Friday, 15 June 2012 09:39|
Paul and Miriam Schroeder may know a thing or two about Buckeye Boys State. After all, five of their sons have served as delegates since 2001.
The Schroeder family, of Shelby, now has their youngest son, Sam, 17, at BBS.
It began with Brad, now 28, in 2001. His brother Frank, 25, followed in his footsteps in 2004. There after, it was Bruce, 22, in 2007; and Adam, 20, in 2009.
"I think when Brad started, it was just something he thought would look good on a resume," said Miriam Schroeder in a phone interview.
But it later became more than that for the boys. It was an experience that resulted in many friendships.
"It seems like the older boys, whenever they go places they say, 'Hey, I know you from Boys State,'" she said.
It was also a chance to have somewhat of a college experience.
"For them it was their first taste of college," Miriam Schroeder said. "It opened their eyes to what it would be like."
This year, Sam Schroeder is the family representative.
Leading up to his arrival at Boys State, Schroeder said his older brothers told him it would be a "great experience and something to remember."
They told him, "Make sure you participate in other things, not just running for office," he said.
Schroeder, an incoming senior at Shelby High School, ran for treasurer of Gabel City and was elected to the post on Tuesday.
Not only did his older brothers have some advice for him, Sam's parents also had the moving-in process down pat.
"I don't think Sam forgot much," Miriam Schroeder joked.
This was the first time the Schroeders got to move one of their sons into an air-conditioned dorm on campus.
"My parents were happy not to have to lug around a fan this year," Sam Schroeder laughed.
Following Buckeye Boys State, Brad Schroeder went on to work as a civilian for the Army. He is a missile-seeker engineer based in Alabama. Frank works in the nuclear medicine department at a hospital in Kentucky.
Bruce is in his fifth year at Purdue University and Adam is studying to be a high school math teacher at Shawnee State.
Sam Schroeder plans to pursue a career in mechanical engineering, but is undecided on what college he will attend.
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