Boys State governor vows to serve others PDF Print E-mail
Written by JORDAN CRAVENS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 14 June 2012 09:46
DarQuavious Brown is sworn in as the governor of the 2012 Buckeye Boys State by Associate Supreme Court Justice Robert Cupp. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
The newly-elected governor for Buckeye Boys State stepped to the podium Wednesday and took a deep breath. He then looked around at his fellow delegates from all over Ohio and said, "This is amazing."
"We are all going to make this the greatest Buckeye Boys State year, ever," said BBS Gov. DarQuavious Brown .
"I am not going to serve myself, but all of you."
Brown, of Lima, was inaugurated Wednesday during a ceremony at Bowling Green State University's Stroh Center.
After being escorted in by two State Highway Patrol troopers and passing through an Honor Guard of military veterans, Brown was later given the oath of office by Associate Supreme Court Justice Robert Cupp
Following his swearing-in, Brown received thunderous applause, a standing ovation, and chants of "DQ" from the delegates who were all dressed in suits and ties.
Brown told those in attendance that he ran for the office seeking to challenge himself and force him out of his comfort zone.
During his inauguration speech, Brown stressed the importance of delegates working together and valuing the contributions of all.
"Guys, no matter what your position, big or small, we are all important.
"Delegates, we came together for a beginning. Now let's work together to succeed."
Cupp also gave the oath of office to all newly-elected state officials as well as the BBS justices and judges.
BBS Chief Justice Levi Cramer, of Middletown, then swore in state legislators as well as county and city officials.
After the oath of offices were administered, Cupp addressed the delegates and told them they have been given an "extraordinary civic experience," by attending Boys State.
It was his time as a delegate at Boys State that "fueled his interest in campaigns, government, politics and government service."
He challenged the delegates not be spectators of democracy, but to instead to become knowledgeable voters, informed citizens, campaign volunteers, or even a candidate for an elected office.
"May what you learn this week serve our state and nation for a lifetime," Cupp said.

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