Trey Stewart, a senior at Lewis County High School and son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph D. Stewart, was selected as a senator for American Legion Boys Nation in the Washington, D.C. area where he attended July 20-27, 2018. This is the first time, American Legion Post 127 of Hohenwald has been represented at the American Legion Boys Nation.
Boys Nation is an annual American Legion program that includes civic training, leadership development and a focus on Americanism. Stewart served as City Health Officer at Tennessee Boys State, which had roughly 520 participants. Stewart and Justus Johnson of Ezell-Harding Christian School were the only two representing Tennessee at Boys Nation.
At Lewis County, Stewart has served as class vice president and class sergeant-in-arms. He is a member of Health Occupation Students of America, Future Farmers of America, National Rifle Association and Business Leaders of America. He also received the Lewis County High School Beta Club Veterans of Foreign Wars Patriots Pen.
A resident of Hohenwald, Stewart hopes to attend Union University or West Point to pursue a career as a general family practitioner following graduation.
During their eight days at Boys Nation, 98 senators (two from each state with the exception of Hawaii) learned from a hands-on approach how the U.S. Senate and the federal government function. Young men were divided into two political parties, the Federalists and the Nationalists, each of which conducts a party convention, sets a platform and nominates members for elected offices, including Boys Nation president, vice president and party leaders. Each senator also wrote, introduced and debated a bill of his choosing before an appropriate Senate committee. Bills passing the Senate were later signed or vetoed by the Boys Nation president.
The young men had an opportunity to tour the National Mall, including the Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Wall and Korean War Memorial. They presented a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery, saw the Iwo Jima Memorial and visited Capitol Hill for meetings with their state’s U.S. senators. They had the opportunity to visit the Pentagon and the White House as well. In addition, delegates attended a dinner at a nearby Legion post hosted by National Commander Denise Rohan of Wisconsin.