‘Gov’ urges goodwill PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 11 June 2014 21:28
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Buckeye Boys State Governor Larry Fulton of Pepper Pike, Ohio, speaks during a Buckeye Boys State assembly. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Both pomp and circumstance were on display Wednesday night as Buckeye Boys State inaugurated its governor for the 2014 session.
The event was held in the Stroh Center on the campus of Bowling Green State University. An estimated 1,200 Boys State delegates were in attendance.
Newly-sworn governor Larry Fulton, of Pepper Pike, advised his brethren to avoid partisanship as they look to their duties for the remainder of the week.
"We have to work together," he said, "treating each and every one of us with ... respect and goodwill."
"Please join me in accepting the challenge of engaging one another as statesmen" and not as adversaries, he said.
Fulton's swearing-in was the climax of a slate of oaths taken by BBS delegates elected to a variety of posts for the week, from mayors up through state legislators, administrators and judges. Prior to taking the oath, he was escorted into the room by an honor guard of Ohio State Troopers, and strode through a double-line of American Legionnaires before reaching the dais.
Fulton and several other office-holders were sworn in by Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy, who echoed Fulton's advice in her own address to the delegates.
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Buckeye Boys State Governor Larry Fulton (right), shakes hands with Buckeye Boys State president Mike Jordan (left).
"The politics of elections should never be confused with governance," said Kennedy, drawing distinctions between the contests of an electoral season and the cooperative act of lawmaking.
"You must personally hold each of your elected officials accountable," she said later.
Speaking after the event about what inspired his remarks, Fulton acknowledged the importance of parties to the political system, but "I think, as teenage guys, we tend to get a little competitive." Keeping that issue in mind can ensure "that we have the best week," he said.
Fulton, who attends Hawken High School and is involved in student government there, noted that thus far his Boys State experience has taught him that, simply, some things you can't do alone - whether it be an election or other large undertakings later in life.
"It was really a different process," he said of running for BBS Governor. "The team was more important. I just couldn't do it myself," and Fulton found himself learning to delegate and trust those on his team to do their jobs well.
A further highlight of the evening came when BBS alumnus Jon Waters, current director of the Ohio State University Marching Band, was inducted into the BBS Hall of Fame. Waters additionally conducted the Boys State band in some musical pieces at the event.
"Stand on the shoulders of giants, and then innovate," he advised the boys during his own remarks.

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