Sizemore represents Bethlehem High at Boys State

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The 2017 Kentucky Boys State Program saw representation of both public and private school systems in Nelson County this summer. Senior Dillen Sizemore represented Bethlehem High School at the summer event at Campbellsville University, after a friend and former participant recommended it.

Sizemore had a small interest in government and politics before attending the program, but it turned out to be more than he expected. Overall, he said, it was an enjoyable and educational experience.

“Going there, you get to meet guys from all across the state,” he said.

Part of the program included taking on the role of government officials and proposing and passing legislation. Sizemore said it was interesting to hear perspectives from young people representing different parts of the state, such as more rural areas and more urban areas.

“You see the problems from across the state everyone has,” and it opened his eyes to the different experiences of his peers, he said.

Sizemore ended up serving as agriculture commissioner and said his outgoing demeanor helped him win that position. He said he would recommend the program to others, but advised them to study up on government before they go.

The program not only taught Sizemore more about government and leadership, but it could also benefit his future, being a good reference when pursuing military opportunities.

Sizemore is involved football, baseball, Interact Club, and Pro-Life Club at Bethlehem, and involved in his church. After graduation, he hopes to receive a scholarship, connect with an ROTC program and join the military, preferably with a doctorate.